- xxxv, 264 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
- Anarchism may be the most misunderstood political ideology of the modern era, and one of the least studied social movements by English-speaking scholars. Black flags and social movements addresses this deficit with an in-depth analysis of contemporary anarchist movements as interpreted by social movement theories and political sociology. Using unique data gathered by anarchists themselves, Williams presents longitudinal and international analyses that focus upon who anarchists are, and where they may be found. Social movement ideas including political opportunity, new social movements, and social capital theory, are relevant and adaptable to understanding anarchist movements. Due to their sometimes limited numbers and identities as radical anti-authoritarians, anarchists often find themselves collaborating with numerous other social movements, bringing along their values, ideas and tactics.--Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-256) and index.Movement overview. Introduction to social movements: anarchism as a unique example. Anarchists as individuals: a micro-structural analysis. Anarchists of the world, unite! a meso-structural analysis -- Theoretical interpretation. The significance of social movement theory to anarchism. Anti-state political opportunities. Anarchism as a "new social movement?" Social capital in anarchist movements -- Interaction. Radical isomorphism and the anti-authoritarian diffusion of leaderless organizations. Conclusion: revisiting the epistemology of anarchist movements -- Appendix: sources of knowledge and error.