QUESTION: Anti-Mass Theory

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I am seeking assistance regarding theoretical works that address the problems of mass-action. For me this means the following: In what ways are radicals limited by an unquestioned adherance to a massified model of change. I am thinking about how foucault has destabilized old notions of a top-down power model in favor of a relational model that does not presuppose a group "in/with power" and a group "out/without power" rather that power is everywhere and is constituted through discourse and action of various individuals and groups.

I am interested in philosophical works, as well as works of political science, sociology, critical theory. Websites, zines, articles, and books etc... would be apprecaited.


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To explore anti-mass frameworks, there are several useful texts available online. One is

The Anti-Mass: Methods of Organizing for Collectives
by the Red Sunshine Gang, Berkeley, CA 1970
Full text available
or also

Collective Organisation by John Englart
considers anti-mass organizing as well.

For titles with summaries, I'd suggest looking at the AK catalog which has both Anarchist and Situationist sections. This could be useful as the anti-mass pamphlets mentioned above seem to be cited a lot in anarchist and situationist literature web sites.

Guy Debord's Theory of the Derive elaborates on a social practice of drifting through varied ambiances either alone or in very small groups.

Library at has a variety of anarchist and situationist texts online, including excerpts from Situationist International

If you want to take a more thorough look at Foucault's work, try
this, as it has a number of full text excerpts Foucault Page has an extremely thorough exploration of Foucault's life, work, and its influence, and is a generally great site for exploring critical theorists, their ideas, work, and influences.

A book mentioned here is Foucault: the Legacy, ed. Clare O'Farrell

I hope this helps!