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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In the author published different versions in the Berkeley Journal of Sociology and in Ms. If nothing more concrete than personal insight ever resulted from these groups, that did not much matter, because their purpose did not really extend beyond this.

But forking — either an open source project or a conference conversation — is an important safety valve on a project. As long as the movement does not do significant things this does not much matter. Intelligent elitists are usually smart enough not to allow themselves to become well known; when they become known, they are watched, and the mask over their power is no longer firmly lodged.

Click here to sign up. Raimo Radczewski rated it it was amazing Nov 28, This prevents monopoly of power and requires those in positions of authority to consult with many others in the process of exercising it. The looseness and informality of it encouraged participation in discussion, and its often supportive atmosphere elicited personal insight.

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Erica rated it it was amazing Jul 25, If the movement continues deliberately to not select who shall exercise power, it does not thereby abolish power. It definitely applies to open source projects — and I think also to things like conference organizing.

Individuals may exercise power, but it is the group that has ultimate say over how the power is exercised. Social Movements in the Internet Age. Retrieved on August 30, from www. Other outlets published it without asking, and it was first officially published in the journal The Second Wave in When only one such network exists, it is the elite of an otherwise Unstructured group, whether the participants in it want to be elitists or not.


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!

Neither the movement as a whole nor most of the multitudinous groups within it have established a means of explaining their position on various issues. As long as the women’s liberation movement stays dedicated to a form of organization which stresses small, inactive discussion groups among friends, the worst problems of Unstructuredness will not be felt. This is often the healthiest situation, as the other members are in a position to arbitrate between the two competitors for power and thus to make demands on those to whom they give their temporary allegiance.

So the movement generates much motion and few results. Jun 19, Kelsey Breseman rated it really liked it. As in the case of Arellano, there was little mention in the news coverage of the student groups and community organizations Andiola worked closely with to produce and circulate the video and subsequent communication with news media. Conversely, if tasks are rotated too frequently the individual does not have time to learn her job well and acquire the sense of satisfaction of doing a good job.

Did you know that you can jump into our experimental visualization interface right from this point? Accountability is what gives democracy its bite, distinguishing it from a rote exercise in communicating preferences.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Tyranny Of Structurelessness. People would try to use the “structureless” group and the informal conference for purposes for which they were unsuitable out of a blind belief that no other means could possibly be anything but oppressive.

Skip to main content. The task determines what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

We need to be on guard for authoritarian, hierarchical, dominating and exploitative relationships in every sphere of society. The essay reflected on the experiments io the feminist movement in resisting the idea of leaders and even discarding any structure or division of labor. As a critique of informal anarchist organization, it should be obvious that The Tyranny of Structurelessness is a complete dud. It also gives many people the opportunity to have responsibility for specific tasks and thereby to learn different skills.


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Networks of Outrage and Hope: For Freeman we only need to worry about elites made up of friends in informal groups. Some middle ground between domination and ineffectiveness can and must be found. When an informal network spreads new ideas and information among themselves outside the group, they are already engaged in the process of forming an opinion — without the group participating.

Conversely, being blacklisted from doing what one can do well does not encourage one to develop one’s skills. These women represent no particular group or established opinion; they know this and usually say so. An individual, as an individual can never be an elitist, because the only proper application of the term “elite” is to groups.

Ronan rated it it was amazing Aug 05, Letting people assume jobs or tasks only by default means they are not dependably done. 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. Contributed by Josh Bolotsky. All of these procedures take time. They are nuances of interaction, not prewritten scripts.

For those interested in participation or, for example, finding the next million mozillians this is of real interest. In many cities, this criterion was further refined to include only those women married to New Left men.

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