An Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation
Edited By Anthony J. Nocella II, John Sorenson, Kim Socha and Atsuko Matsuoka
10 Taking it to the Streets: Challenging Systems of Domination from Below Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth
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Taking It to the Streets
Challenging Systems of Domination from Below
Richard J. White and Erika Cudworth
Anarchism is the goal that we pursue: the absence of domination. —Gustav Landauer
Drawing on anarchist theory and practice, this chapter carries forward the invitation to “take it to the streets” by focusing on ways to provoke the individual consciousness to think critically and act constructively, to challenge systems of exploitation, injustice, domination, oppression, torture, and killing that concern humans and nonhuman animals. In this way, the chapter emphasises the fact that anarchist praxis has much to offer the excellent contribution that Critical Animal Studies (CAS) has brought to understanding the interlocking nature of systems of power and domination.
The principal aim of this chapter is to invite the reader to make new—or renewed—engagements with anarchist theory and praxis as a framework with which to better confront, challenge, and subvert the exploitative and violent interlocking systems that underpin the treatment of both humans and nonhuman animals in society. Drawing on the approach adopted by important anarchist thinkers, particularly the geographer Élisée Reclus, our intention is to stir the emotional registers of the individual reader and provoke action by emphasizing the ways in which the suffering and death of nonhuman animals is thoroughly embedded in ordinary spaces of the everyday. This chapter emphasizes the micro-geographies of domination by positing individuals and their local milieu as a...
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