Jo Freeman’s seminal essay “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” put a name to the persistent problem that plagues decision makers in non-hierarchical . Title: The Tyranny of Structurelessness. Series: General and According to Jo Freeman, “This piece spread all over the world. Numerous people have edited. Structurelessness Jillian Báez WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Volume 41, Numbers 3 & 4, Fall/Winter , pp. (Article) Published by The.

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They are nuances of interaction, not prewritten scripts. The essay ffeeman on the experiments of the feminist movement in resisting the idea of leaders and even discarding any structure or division of labor. But neither should we blindly reject structurelessneess all. David — loved your summary bullets, and the cautions of exclusion that forms inevitably in groups. Due to the intense press publicity of the last two years and the numerous overground books and articles now being circulated, women’s liberation has become a household word.

Evan rated it really liked it Sep 12, A great read clear and very enjoyable. The video went viral with 78, views on YouTube as of April 26, and eventually was covered in national news outlets. Their power was not given to them; it cannot be taken away.

Some of the traditional techniques will prove useful, albeit not perfect; some will give us insights into what we should and should not do to obtain certain ends with minimal costs to the individuals in the movement.

The Tyranny Of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman

The only main difference depends on whether one is in a group if the beginning, or joins it after it has begun. Contributed by Josh Bolotsky.

If that structure is not open to change except tyeanny an elite, be honest about it. These friendship groups function as networks of communication outside any regular channels for such communication that may have been set up by a group. Obviously, in the sense of participation in the formal, statist political system this is going to be true.


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The challenge here is twofold. We live in a society which expects political groups to make decisions and to select people to articulate those decisions to the public at large.

It is when people get tired of “just talking” and want to do something more that the groups flounder, unless they change the nature of their operation. In order to create spaces online that ensure access and social justice, we need more transparency about who yyranny involved in all aspects of organizing and what kinds of activ- ists gain visibility. This does not mean that its ideas do not spread. While working in this kind creeman group is a very heady experience, it is also rare and very hard to replicate.

Selecting someone for a position because they are liked by the group or giving them hard work because they are disliked serves neither the group nor the person in the long run. As it happens, Nat Torkington linked to this essay on the O’Reilly Radar blog back inprompted by danah boyd, who had referenced it in a mailing list discussion.

A Review of The “Tyranny of Structurelessness”: An organizationalist repudiation of anarchism

Access to information enhances one’s power. Mackel rated it really liked it Aug 06, Conversely, being blacklisted from doing what tue can do well does not encourage struchurelessness to develop one’s skills. Jun 11, Matthew Funke rated it really liked it. In my memory, the point was, yeah, sometimes you can wind up with tyranny despite your efforts to avoid it through structureless, but come on, that’s not an argument for just going with tyranny from the start!

Invite us to your campus or community. It is the task that basically structures the group. Retrieved November 5, This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat People who allow themselves to be dominated in informal groups will also allow themselves to be dominated in formal groups — and probably more easily and often in the latter simply because a structure for domination is going to be much more often present from the outset!

Strucutrelessness ask other readers questions about The Tyranny Of Structurelessnessplease sign up. While it has consciously not chosen spokespeople, the movement has thrown up many women who have caught the public eye for varying reasons.


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Different versions were published in the Berkeley Journal of SociologyVol. Erica rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Those political organizations which see women’s liberation as only one of many issues to which women should devote their time thus find the movement a vast recruiting ground for new members.

While these conditions can occur serendipitously in small groups, this is not possible in large ones. And then re-state it.

Kennedy School of GovernmentFall By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If the informal elites have been well structured and have exercised a fair amount of power in the past, such a task is feasible.

Unfortunately, the consequences of all this motion are not as innocuous as the results’ and their victim is the movement itself. Intelligent elitists are usually smart enough not to allow themselves to become well known; when they become known, they are watched, srructurelessness the mask over their power is no longer firmly lodged. If the sorority is not politically aware enough to actively engage in this process itself it can be started by the outsider pretty much the same way one joins any private club.

H “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” is an influential essay by American feminist Jo Freeman inspired by her experiences in a s women’s liberation group that concerns power relations within radical feminist collectives. Responsibilities which are held too long by one person, formally or informally, come to be seen structureleswness that person’s “property” and are not easily relinquished or controlled by the group.

Given a certain amount of interest by the media and the appropriateness of social conditions, the ideas will still be diffused widely.