Anarchism and Art: Democracy in the Cracks and on the Margins

Anarchism and Art: Democracy in the Cracks and on the Margins

by Mark Mattern

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Overview

Interprets popular art forms as exhibiting core anarchist values and presaging a more democratic world.

Situated at the intersection of anarchist and democratic theory, Anarchism and Art focuses on four popular art forms—DIY (Do It Yourself) punk music, poetry slam, graffiti and street art, and flash mobs—found in the cracks between dominant political, economic, and cultural institutions and on the margins of mainstream neoliberal society. Mark Mattern interprets these popular art forms in terms of core anarchist values of autonomy, equality, decentralized and horizontal forms of power, and direct action by common people, who refuse the terms offered them by neoliberalism while creating practical alternatives. As exemplars of central anarchist principles and commitments, such forms of popular art, he argues, prefigure deeper forms of democracy than those experienced by most people in today’s liberal democracies. That is, they contain hints of future, more democratic possibilities, while modeling in the present the characteristics of those more democratic possibilities. Providing concrete evidence that progressive change is both desirable and possible, they also point the way forward.

Mark Mattern is Professor of Political Science at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the coeditor (with Nancy S. Love) of Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of Acting in Concert: Music, Community, and Political Action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438459219
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: SUNY series in New Political Science
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 196
File size: 706 KB

About the Author

Mark Mattern is Professor of Political Science at Baldwin Wallace University. He is the coeditor (with Nancy S. Love) of Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics, also published by SUNY Press, and the author of Acting in Concert: Music, Community, and Political Action.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Anarchism and Democracy

3. DIY (Do It Yourself) Punk Music

4. Poetry Slam

5. Graffiti and Street Art

6. Flash Mobs

7. Prefiguring Progressive Change

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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