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Jeff Shantz (author)

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Jeff Shantz is an anarchist activist, poet, and sociologist, currently teaching critical criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC.

His books Active Anarchy: Political Practice in Contemporary Movements (Lexington, 2011) and Constructive Anarchy: Building Infrastructures of Resistance (Ashgate, 2010) offer an autoethnographic analysis of anarchist participation within contemporary social movements. Using various case studies of groups building what he terms "infrastructures of resistance", he compares anarchist involvement in rank-and-file workplace organizing, migrant defense, free schools, new media collectives, and community centers.

Academic biography[edit]

Shantz is a faculty member in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has taught courses in critical criminology, elite deviance, corporate crime[1] and the Olympics,[2] as well as community advocacy and human rights. He received a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from Queen’s University (1989), a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Social Policy Issues from Simon Fraser University (1991), an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Windsor (1995), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from York University (2006).


He is the editor of the open access journal Radical Criminology and the open monograph press Thought|Crimes, an imprint of punctum books

He is also the author of several books, and has published over 75 articles, book chapters and book reviews, in academic or refereed publications.

Meanwhile, he has been frequent contributor to many different movement 'zines and journal publications including: Anarchy, Social Anarchism, Green Anarchy, Earth First! Journal, Northeastern Anarchist, the Industrial Worker, Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, Onward, Arsenal and Processed World.

Authored books[edit]

2014. (with Jordon Tomblin) Cyber Disobedience Re://Presenting Online Anarchy. Zero Books, London. ISBN 978-1-78279-556-8

2013. Commonist Tendencies: Mutual Aid Beyond Communism. punctum books, Brooklyn, NY. Open Access e-book & paperback ISBN 978-0615849782

2013. (with Dana Williams) Anarchy & Society: Reflections on Anarchist Sociology. Hardcover: Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. ISBN 9789004214965 and in paperback (Aug. 2014) from Haymarket Books (Chicago) ISBN 978-1608463848

2012. Green Syndicalism: an alternative red/green vision. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-3307-5

2012. Crime, Punishment, Power: Sociological Explanations. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. ISBN 978-0-7575-9791-6

2011. Active Anarchy: Political Practice in Contemporary Movements. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. ISBN Cloth 0-7391-6613-1 / 978-0-7391-6613-0

2011. Against All Authority: Anarchism and the Literary Imagination. Exeter, UK: Imprint Academic. ISBN 978-1-84540-237-2

2010. Constructive Anarchy: Building Infrastructures of Resistance. London, UK: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-0402-6

Books edited, collected works[edit]

2016. (with Hisham Ramadan) Manufacturing Phobias: The Political Production of Fear in Theory and Practice. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1-44263-727-6

2015. Specters of Anarchy: Literature and the Anarchist Imagination. New York: Algora Publishing. ISBN 978-1-62894-141-8

2013. (with José Brendan Macdonald) Beyond Capitalism: Building Democratic Alternatives for Today and the Future. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-62356-797-2

2012. Protest and Punishment: The Repression of Resistance in the Era of Neoliberal Globalization. Durham, N.C: Carolina Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-61163-088-6

2011. Law Against Liberty: The Criminalization of Dissent. Lake Mary, Florida: Vandeplas Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60042-139-6

2010. A Creative Passion: Anarchism and Culture. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN 1-4438-2334-1

2010. Racism and Borders: Representation, Repression, Resistance. New York: Algora Publishing. ISBN 978-0-87586-807-3

2010. Racial Profiling and Borders: International, Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Lake Mary, Florida: Vandeplas Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60042-102-0


  1. Burrows, Matthew (April 28, 2011). "Criminology professor's students "dig the dirt" on South Fraser Perimeter Road". The Georgia Strait - Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
  2. Shantz, Jeff (2010). "Olympic Challenge: Indigenous Women, 'No to 2010' and the Emergence of a New Movement". New Politics. XII (2): 73–78. Retrieved 4 September 2011.

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