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Anarchist Cybernetics: Control and Communication in Radical Politics

Thomas Swann


Through a focus on control (self-organisation) and communication (alternative social media platforms), Anarchist Cybernetics explores the structures and functions of radically participatory and democratic organisation. Discussing some of the structures that organisations can build that allow their members to directly control how the organisation behaves, the book takes inspiration from an often-misunderstood concept: cybernetics. Building of the work of cybernetician Stafford Beer and providing a radical reading of his Viable System Model, Anarchist Cybernetics makes a unique and timely contri ... More

Keywords: Anarchism, Cybernetics, Stafford Beer, Viable System Model, Self-organisation, Democracy, Communication, Social media, Radical politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529208788
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529208788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Swann, author
Loughborough University