Anarchist Geographies and Epistemologies of the State

  • Gerónimo Barrera University of Texas at Austin
Keywords: Anarchist geographies, State, Anti-authoritarian, Epistemologies, Statism


This special issue intends to deepen into the question of and explore epistemic avenues in knowledge production about the state in geography. This issue assembles papers and interventions that drawing on anarchist and anarchist-inspired geographies interrogate and challenge state narratives and effects through empirical and theoretical analysis. The collection situates current debates in this field conveying the potentialities and values of its epistemic tools to attain a nuanced understanding of the state and its intersection with other forms of oppression. The contributions extend the critique and reflection around the state in geography focusing on a state-decentering epistemological move, one that takes seriously the multiplicity of creative force shifting our gaze towards oppressive structure and everyday forms of subjugation. As well, the works explore fruitful cross-pollination between different ways of knowing the state from anti-authoritarian perspectives.


Ackelsberg, Martha and Breitbart, Myrna M. 2017. “The role of social anarchism and geography in constructing a radical agenda: A response to David Harvey”. Dialogues in Human Geography 7 (3): 263–273.

Barrera-Bassols, Narciso, and Barrera de la Torre, Gerónimo. 2017. “On ‘Other’ geographies and anarchisms”. In Historical geographies of anarchism: early critical geographers and present-day scientific challenges. Edited by Federico Ferretti, Gerónimo Barrera de la Torre, Anthony Ince, and Francisco Toro, 195-208. UK: Routledge.

Biehl, Janet, and Bookchin, Murray. 2015. Las políticas de la ecología social: Municipalismo libertario. Barcelona: Virus.

Clark, John and Martin, Camille. 2013. Anarchy, Geography, Modernity. Selected writings of Elisée Reclus. Oakland: PM Press.

Clough, Nathan L., and Blumberg, Renata. 2012. “Toward Anarchist and Autonomist Marxist Geographies.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 11 (3): 335–351.

Clough, Nathan L. 2014. “Praxis, ontology, and the pursuit of an anarcho-geography.” Dialogues in Human Geography 4 (3): 293–296.

el-Ojeili, Chamsy. 2014. “Anarchism as the Contemporary Spirit of Anti-Capitalism? A Critical Survey of Recent Debates.” Critical Sociology 40 (3): 451–468.

Ferrell, Jeff. 2012. “Anarchy, Geography and Drift.” Antipode 44 (5): 1687–1704.

Ferretti, Ferretti. 2014. “Pioneers in the history of cartography: The Geneva map collection of Élisée Reclus and Charles Perron.” Journal of Historical Geography 43: 85–95.

Ferretti, Ferretti. 2013. ‘“They Have the Right to Throw Us Out”: Élisée Reclus’ New Universal Geography.” Antipode 45 (5): 1337–1355.

Ferretti, Ferretti. 2016. “Anarchist geographers and feminism in late 19th century France: The contributions of Elisée and Elie Reclus.” Historical Geography 44 (IP): 68–88.

Ferretti, Ferretti. 2017. “Evolution and revolution: Anarchist geographies, modernity and poststructuralism.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35 (5): 893–912.

Ferretti, Ferretti, and García-Álvarez, Jacobo. 2017. “Anarchist Geopolitics of the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939): Gonzalo de Reparaz and the ‘Iberian Tragedy.’” Geopolitics 24 (4): 1–25.

Harvey, David. 2017. “‘Listen, Anarchist!’ A personal response to Simon Springer’s ‘Why a radical geography must be anarchist.’” Dialogues in Human Geography 7 (3): 233–250.

Ince, Anthony. 2012. “In the Shell of the Old: Anarchist Geographies of Territorialisation.” Antipode 44 (5): 1645–1666.

Ince, Anthony. 2019. “Black flag mapping: Emerging themes in anarchist geography.” In The Anarchist Imagination: Anarchism Encounters the Humanities and the Social Sciences. Edited by Carl Levy and Saul Newman,146-162. Florence: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Ince, Anthony and Barrera de la Torre, Gerónimo. 2016. “For post-statist geographies.” Political Geography 55: 10-19

International Commune of Rojava. 2018. Make Rojava green again: Building an ecological society.

Lagalisse, Erica. 2019. Occult Features of Anarchism. With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the People. Michigan: PM Press.

Landauer, Gustave. 2010 [1910]. “Weak statesmen, weaker people!” In Gustav Landauer: Revolution and other writings – a political reader. Edited by G. Kuhn, 213–215. Oakland and Pontypool: PM Press and Merlin Press.

Mansilla Quiñones, Pablo. 2013. “Para una lectura espacialmente situada del anarquismo en el contexto de la desterritorialización.” Revista Erosión 15 (2): 57–70.

Mansilla Quiñones, Pablo, Quintero Weir, José, and Moreira-Muñoz, Andrés. 2019. “Geografía de las ausencias, colonialidad del estar y el territorio como sustantivo crítico en las epistemologías del Sur.” Utopía y Praxis Latinoamericana 24 (86): 148–161.

Ramnath, Maia. 2011. Decolonizing Anarchism. An antiauthoritarian history of Indi’s liberation struggle. USA: AK Press and Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Rivera Cusicanqui, Silvia. 2016. “Comunalidades anarquistas. Una aproximación testimonial.” Muiraquitã - Revista de Letras e Humanidades, 4 (2).

Roman-Alcalá, Antonio. 2020. “Agrarian anarchism and authoritarian populism: Towards a more (state-critical) ‘critical agrarian studies.’” The Journal of Peasant Studies, 48 (2): 298-328.

Springer, Simon. 2013a. “Violent Accumulation: A Postanarchist Critique of Property, Dispossession, and the State of Exception in Neoliberalizing Cambodia.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103 (3): 608–626.

Springer, Simon. 2013b. “Anarchism and Geography: A Brief Genealogy of Anarchist Geographies.” Geography Compass 7 (1): 46–60.

Springer, Simon. 2014. “Why a radical geography must be anarchist? Dialogues in Human Geography.” 4 (3): 249–270.

Springer, Simon. 2016. The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Towards Spatial Emancipation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Springer, Simon, Ince, Anthony, Pickerill, Jenny, Brown, Gavin, and Barker, Adam J. 2012. “Reanimating anarchist geographies: A new burst of colour.” Antipode 44 (5): 1591-1604.

Springer, Simon, Lopes de Souza, Marcelo, and White Richard. 2016. (eds.) The Radicalization of Pedagogy. Anarchism, Geography, and the Spirit of Revolt, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield

Taussig, Michael. 1997. The Magic of the State. New York: Routledge.

White Richard, Springer, Simon, Lopes de Souza, Marcelo. 2016. (eds.) The Practice of Freedom: Anarchism, Geography and the Spirit of Revolt, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham.

Warburton, T. 2020. “What Looks like a Grave: Native and Anarchist Place-Making in New England.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, 32(1), 75–110.

 White, Richard and Williams, Collin C. 2012. “The pervasive nature of heterodox economic spaces at a time of neoliberal crisis: towards a “postneoliberal” anarchist future.” Antipode 44 (5): 1625-1644.
How to Cite
Barrera, G. (2021). Introduction. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 20(2), 142-150. Retrieved from
Special Issue - Anarchist Geographies and Epistemologies of the State