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The European road to nowhere: Anarchism and direct action against the UK roads programme

Welsh, Ian and McLeish, Phil 1996. The European road to nowhere: Anarchism and direct action against the UK roads programme. Anarchist Studies 4 (1) , pp. 27-44.

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This article contextualises one activist's account of the resistance to the construction of the M11 link road through Wanstead in London during 1994. The account offered illustrates numerous issues of considerable importance for both theory and praxis within 'green movements' in the late twentieth century. Whilst the action described is not claimed as an example of anarchist praxis, its relevance to key debates for anarchists and anarchist sympathisers are highlighted. It is argued that recent attempts to make the European Union policy community more open to 'bottom up' initiatives, combined with the European-wide nature of the Union's road programme, constitute an arena within which the British experience of direct action against roads provides the basis for a European wide network of resistance.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
Publisher: Anarkismo
ISSN: 0967-3393
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 01:52

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