‘Anarchy doesn't work unless you think about it’:1 intellectual interpretation and DlY culture
Article first published online: 5 JUL 2005
Volume 31, Issue 3, pages 209–220, September 1999
How to Cite
Halfacree, K. (1999), ‘Anarchy doesn't work unless you think about it’:1 intellectual interpretation and DlY culture. Area, 31: 209–220. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.1999.tb00085.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUL 2005
- Article first published online: 5 JUL 2005
- Revised manuscript received 23 February 1999.
Summary The relationship of theory to a key strand of current radical social and environmental movements—-DlY culture—is highly problematic, with the latter tending to reject the former in favour of its own immediacy. This paper argues that, in contrast,‘theory and practice’ should be regarded as complementary. Action on the ground can learn from theories of DIY culture, and theories of DIY culture cannot ignore action on the ground. By way of illustration, specific attention is given to the 1996 occupation of some derelict land in London by the group The Land Is Ours.