Sociopolitics refer to ways in which politics and relations of power are constituted through an authoritative discourse on the social. This concept echoes Foucault’s biopolitics. ‘‘Society’’ and the ‘‘social’’ are devices, as well as categorical foundations, for the political. As with ‘‘bio’’ in biopolitics, ‘‘socio’’ gives a particular form to power that it articulates and constitutes. This review essay uses this concept to discuss recent work of James Scott and David Graeber, and the English-language translation of a 1980 collection of essays by Pierre Clastres. I argue that this anarchist anthropology articulates a clear break within anarchist theory. This break is in the ways the social and the political are related as means and ends in ethnography and in conceptualization of anarchist practice.
KEYWORDS anarchism, pre-figurative politics, sociopolitics, the
political, the social