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 Primitivism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism can also refer to any philosophy which seeks to return to the roots of a larger movement, such as Muslims and Christians who seek to return to the first few centuries of Islam or Christianity.
Primitivism, or anarcho-primitivism, is an anarchist critique of the origins and progress of civilization.
Primitivists argue that the shift from hunter-gatherer to agricultural subsistence gave rise to social stratification, coercion, and alienation.
www.beaverton.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Primitivism   (3967 words)

  
 Anarcho-primitivism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There are however numerous other non-anarchist forms of primitivism, and not all primitivists point to the same phenomenon as the source of modern, civilized problems.
Primitivists disagree over what degree of horticulture might be present in an anarchist society, with some arguing that permaculture could have a role but others advocating a strictly hunter-gatherer subsistence.
This criticism against primitivism suggests that primitivism could only be attained temporarily, and under scenarios which most people would consider to be nightmarish dystopias.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Anarcho-primitivism   (4092 words)

  
 primitivism - Anarchopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism, also called anarcho-primitivism, is a philosophy advocating a return to a pre-industrial and usually pre-agricultural society.
Primitivism believes that industrial society inevitably produces oppressive structures through specialization of tasks or division of labor, and that technology has similar negative implications.
Primitivism has been notably advocated by John Zerzan, and to some extent by Theodore Kaczynski (the Unabomber) and Derrick Jensen.
eng.anarchopedia.org /index.php/primitivism   (292 words)

  
 A critique of primitivism, anarcho-primitivism and anti-civilisationism | libcom.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A critique of primitivism, anarcho-primitivism and anti-civilisationism
The central tenet of primitivism, anarcho-primitivism and anti-civilisationism is the abolition of technology.
Primitivism is such a ridiculous idea it should not even need arguing against, although unfortunately within anarchist circle it does.
www.libcom.org /thought/approaches/primitivism   (6043 words)

  
 portland imc - 2002.07.22 - Primitivism, an Illusion with No Future
Primitivism is not a single, unitary entity, but a group of competing or complementary ideologies which express hostility towards, or are critical of civilization, technology, science and industry.
Primitivism is a politics of histrionics, of grand but entirely artificial gestures - 'let us sweep it all away!' or 'For the Destruction of Civilization!' and the waging of its war of words against language and abstractions.
Primitivism is a politics of artificial gestures, of pointlessness, postures, futility and the picking over of old scabs again and again and again.
portland.indymedia.org /en/2002/07/14867.shtml   (8552 words)

  
 Primitivism -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism can be likened to other forms of archaism.
Primitivism was adopted because many of the motifs and ideas associated in the minds of early 20th century Europeans - permissiveness, sexuality, the revelation of repressed urges - were associated with tribal culture, and pre-Christian religious practices, including Human sacrifice.
Many features of primitivism's origin can be traced to the sense of superiority that Europeans felt towards those that they had only recently conquered, and at the same time the insecurities prevalent about their own culture, and its potential to fall into a "degenerate" state.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Primitivism   (714 words)

  
 Modernism/Modernity/Primitivism
Primitivism: "When we say ‘primitive' today, we generally designate certain social formations within relatively isolated areas of Africa, Oceania, South America, and other areas of the world--social formations characterized perhaps most clearly by the absence of tools and technology widely available elsewhere.
Cultural primitivism is the romanticization of non-Western peoples, usually idealizing their instincts, sexuality, and their proclivity to the natural.
Be advised, of course, that the four kinds of primitivism above represent only one way of categorizing aspects of a more comprehensive discourse of primitivism (i.e., an internally coherent set of images and ideas that shapes perceptions of the primitive).
www.georgetown.edu /faculty/sd224/Classes/handouts/ModernismModernityPrimitivism.htm   (710 words)

  
 anarchists: Civilisation, Primitivism and anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism isn't, in itself, a critique of anarchism at all.
One of the major confusions in the anarchist movement in the USA and parts of Europe arises out of primitivism and its claim to be part of the anarchist movement.
But primitivism is not a realistic strategy for social revolution and it opposes the basic purpose of anarchism - the creation of a free mass society.
community.livejournal.com /anarchists/1254083.html   (2395 words)

  
 Is primitivism realistic? An anarchist reply to John Zerzan and others - International Anarchist movement - Anarkismo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism generally argues that the development of agriculture was where it all went wrong.
Primitivism, I argued, was an absurdity that could never happen without the 'removal' of the vast majority of the world's population.
When you say "primitivism also presents an alternative to capitalism that has worked for the overwhelming majority of human life" I guess you mean that of the 160,000 odd years humanity has been on the planet that for all but the last 12,000 we have been primitivists.
www.anarkismo.net /newswire.php?story_id=1890   (14012 words)

  
 "In a So-Called Civilized World": American Pop Primitivism and The Cramps || Americana: The Journal Of ...
The characterization of the nexus of eroticism, violence, and monsters from the spirit world—the three central subjects of Cramps lyrics—points to the ideological function of pop primitivism as mythic form of escape from the matrix of labor and exchange.
Primitivism is used to construct leisure not as an industrial sector, but as some primal, pre-capitalist experience outside the world of work, commodification, and reification.
The fictive representation of individuals' relations to leisure, and specifically to the potential for leisure to permit a temporary escape from the world of commodification and exploitation, signify the operation of larger ideological structures concerned with repackaging for people their own relations to the inescapable logic of the market.
www.americanpopularculture.com /journal/articles/spring_2002/white.htm   (1633 words)

  
 NCAW Autumn 05 | Frances S. Connelly reviews Orientalism and Visual Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism and exoticism overlap and intertwine all through the nineteenth century, both being "modes of apprehension" rather than actual objects.
The broader point, though, is that primitivism and exoticism both describe the European imaginary and not any specific culture, and I would further observe that the value of the terms "exoticism" and "primitivism" is not so much that they are denatured and generic, but that they name the desire for difference in the subject.
This is not to say that exoticism and primitivism are the same thing;, but I would argue that their desires and processes grow from the same root.
www.19thc-artworldwide.org /autumn_05/reviews/conn.html   (2378 words)

  
 Civilisation, Primitivism and anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Another way of looking at the fact that primitivism cannot support all of the people of the planet is more anecdotal and uses Ireland (where I live) as an example.
But in that case primitivism is no substitute for the anarchist struggle for liberation, which involves adopting technology to our needs rather then rejecting it.
The are not the first irrational ecological movement to do so, a good third of the German Nazi party came from forest worshipping blood and soil movements that sprang up in Germany in the aftermath of world war one.
struggle.ws /andrew/primitivism.html   (5997 words)

  
 A Theory of Power, Jeff Vail's Critique of Hierarchy & Empire
In fact, I think that if we carefully understand why primitivism offers a superior quality and sustainability of life in some areas, and the benefits and pitfalls of non-primitivist solutions, then a hybrid will be able to provide superior quality of life.
Godesky has even pointed out that tribalism (which I think is his phrase for an intelligent, hybrid primitivism that keeps the necessary aspects of the purist perspective and augments as is wise to do so) and space exploration are not a priori incompatible.
My concern here (as with much of the knowledge required to make primitivism viable) is that the knowledge of many things--like slings--that will EVENTUALLY be necessary will be lost in that interim period between the end of the "information superhighway" and the end of remnants of the modern world--like.22LR rifles and ammo.
www.jeffvail.net /2006/03/thoughts-on-primitivism.html   (2738 words)

  
 Technorati Tag: primitivism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Of the near-future failure of industrial civilization, Jason Godesky says: We should not hear "Stone Age" and think of a life that is "nasty, brutish...
Today I’m going to write on the topic of “Primitivism” and its relationship to one of the main themes of this blog and our class: the effacement of...
So, at this point, I think we've visited and revisited the philosophical and academic grounds for primitivism enough that most of you who remain are...
www.technorati.com /tag/primitivism   (407 words)

  
 Western Primitivism: African Ethnicity : A Study in Cultural Relations:0304700762:Campbell, Aidan:eCampus.com
Primitivism has always had a place in flaming the West's conception of Africa, whether in the form of the Noble Savage' or crazed cults such as the Mau Mau.
If not everyone is quite ready to live in a tree house, the primitivism viewpoint has still made major inroads into modern society.
Privileging the Primitive argues that the popularity of modern primitivism in the West is highly relevant to the current recasting of African ethnicity.
www.ecampus.com /bk_detail.asp?isbn=0304700762   (202 words)

  
 PRIMITIVISM IN THE AMERICAN HOLINESS TRADITION
The basic primitivism in the movement was the primitivism evinced in Wesley’s insistence that perfection in love in this life is an evangelical experience promised and even commanded in Scripture, taught in the Sermon on the Mount, and exhibited in the lives of the New Testament saints.
Her Biblical primitivism, fortified by the Scottish common-sense rationalism prevalent in American revivalism, led her to defend the legitimacy of lay and women’s ministry.
The full expression of Hughes’ third category, experiential primitivism, may be found in the phenomenal growth of the importance of the Pentecost event to the movement’s self-understanding and vision as the century progressed.
wesley.nnu.edu /wesleyan_theology/theojrnl/26-30/30-1-03.htm   (4648 words)

  
 [Infoshop News] Why Primitivism (without adjectives) Makes Me Nervous   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Authoritarian primitivism is also characterized by the promotion of the idea that there are too many people in the world relative to too few resources.
Vulgar primitivism Vulgar primitivism may be characterized primarily by a romantic idealization of primal cultures.
Anarchist primitivism A self-conscious anarcho-primitivism needs to begin with a critical examination of the gatherer-hunter cultures that are discussed in various ethnographies.
flag.blackened.net /pipermail/infoshop-news/2002-May/000935.html   (2050 words)

  
 Civilisation, Primitivism and anarchism - International Anarchist movement - Anarkismo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Primitivism is a war of total liberation, human, animal, and earth.
'primitivism' is inherently against women's liberation, inspite of the twisted ways 'primitivist' women like to say otherwise.
I think there are valuable lessons to be drawn from primitivism, but they are mostly for other anarchists, especially the primitivists' mirror image, the insurgentists.
www.anarkismo.net /newswire.php?story_id=1451   (10770 words)

  
 Primitivism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pablo Picasso used primitivism as a tool to break barriers between the traditional and the modern.
He established a new and grotesque way of defining art that appealed to the "intellectual primitivism" that was in complete contrast to civilized society and "as such a threat to it" in early twentieth century France.
According to Goldwater, "intellectual primitivism is informed by the geometric rhythmic forms of African sculpture." Primitivism was a developing idea at the beginning of the 20th century.
iml.jou.ufl.edu /projects/Fall01/rollen/primitive.htm   (196 words)

  
 Untitled Document
Conventional Western primitivism always draws the distinction between self and other, between 'us' and 'them.' And in this schema, the primitive is always other, always 'them.' The primitive must always be long ago or far away, not right here and right now.
In the process, of course, 'their' specificity is lost, merely becoming an image of the idyll that 'we' have tragically lost, or of the horrible savagery 'we' have thankfully overcome.
Such primitivism is all about 'us' and serves to efface the primitive in ways that are quite compatible with civilization's eradication of primitive peoples and lifeways.
www.insurgentdesire.org.uk /defining.htm   (1830 words)

  
 A Primitivist Primer: what is anarcho-primitivism?
radical primitivism, anti-authoritarian primitivism, the anti-civilization movement, or just, primitivism) is a shorthand term for a radical current that critiques the totality of civilization from an anarchist perspective, and seeks to initiate a comprehensive transformation of human life.
In contrast, John Zerzan locates the development of symbolic mediation - in its various forms of number, language, time, art and later, agriculture - as the means of transition from human freedom to a state of domestication.
The focus on origin is important in anarcho-primitivism because primitivism seeks, in exponential fashion, to expose, challenge and abolish all the multiple forms of power that structure the individual, social relations, and interrelations with the natural world.
www.eco-action.org /dt/primer.html   (3039 words)

  
 Guggenheim Collection - Primitivism - Gauguin - Haere Mai
The artist’s idyllic Tahitian landscapes In the Vanilla Grove, Man and Horse and Haere Mai reveal the contradictions between myth and reality that are inherent to “primitivism.” Both canvases probably depict the area surrounding Mataiea, the small village in which Gauguin settled during the fall of 1891.
As richly hued tapestries of flattened forms, they are, however, only evocations of the lush Tahitian terrain, reflecting the simplicity of form sought by the artist during his first visit to the island.
Evidently, this practice was designed to make the paintings more enticing to the Parisian public, who craved intimations of the distant and the exotic.
www.guggenheimcollection.org /site/movement_work_md_Primitivism_50_1.html   (339 words)

  
 MICROCOSMS: Primitivism
Primitivism, unlike Impressionism, uses musical elements that are well-defined and clear.
Primitivistic music (note the adjective-- this is not about "primitive" music) is tonal, but the tonality is not achieved through expectation of resolution, as in the Common Practice Period, but through the asserting of one note as more important than others.
Primitivism has links to EXOTICISM (use of materials from other cultures), NATIONALISM (use of materials indigenous to specific countries), and ETHNICISM (use of materials from European ethnic groups).
www.udayton.edu /~music/faculty/magnuson/microcosms/primitivism.html   (449 words)

  
 Amazon.ca: Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art: A Documentary History: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Written by artists, literary figures, collectors, museum curators, and cultural critics, these essays-most of them never before translated or reprinted-show the dazzling range of issues elicited by the confrontation with primitive arts and cultures.
Primitivism designates not a specific movement or group of artists, but a persuasive notion crucial to twentieth-century art and modern thinking generally.
Because the encounter between the West and primitive art took place at the height of Western colonialism, a number of racial and political issues come into play, either overtly or implicitly, in writings about both the art and the people who produced it.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0520215036   (446 words)

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