9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN25 Social Movements

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Transnational Activism (I) Building I, 1E3

Anarchist Networks in Postwar Europe

This paper examines the so-called in postwar Western Europe focussing on the transnational networks set up after 1945 by young activists in contention with the official movement organizations, and libertarian intellectuals who criticised the core principles, tactics and ends of the nineteenth-century anarchism. I will analyse the cross-national diffusion of demands, forms of organisation and protest strategies within and among the networks from a historical perspective. How and to what extent they critically confronted the mobilisation frames and repertoires of the traditional left and, at the same time, served as inspiration for the emergence of alternative left-wing movements in the late-fifties and sixties? The inquiry into the contestation of the anarchist tradition will use the as a key element and will underline the process through which new sources of anti-capitalist insurgency were identified in spheres far from labour and/or institutional politics. The inquiry into the legacy of the postwar anarchist networks suggests that some of their questions and proposals paved the way for later protest movements (e.g., Situationists, Provos, New Left) and, eventually, for the 1968 generational contestation.