I entered school in my late thirties with the intention to follow my passion professionally. After years of activism, reading and writing on gonzo times I figured I would try to pursue an education so my writing and research would be more professional. My main focus is sociology with intent to teach, study and research sociology. My goal is to pursue sociology from an explicitly anarchist perspective. C. Wright Mills wrote of having a sociological imagination. In the book Anarchy in Society: Reflections on an anarchist sociology they propose an ‘anarchist imagination’ and the search for an anarchist sociology. I assert that an anarchist sociology does exist and that we need to pursue what is out there and expand on this.
The problem with anarchism and sociology is the direct conflict they two have. Anarchism was created from the people. It emerged from workers movements and from the streets. Sociology was developed in institutions of higher learning. Institutions that are structured in a very hierarchal fashion. Schools are institutions of stratification. Not only does a hierarchy exist within the academic structure starting at the top with a president and working its way down a chain of command type structure, but they also rely heavily on capitalism. The university I am attending has a business school. It seems to be the main focus of the university. Wealthy kids from wealthy homes go to get economic and business degrees so they can join their parents as the power elite. They will leave the school and become capitalists and technocrats. This also leads to the money tied into the school from the business school. With a university dependent on capitalism as the lifeblood and support how then can a university truly challenge the stratification of class and capitalism? The sociologists must fit within this stratified structure and will be limited on how much it can challenge the capitalist system. For this reason an anarchist sociology will be difficult to advance in most major universities.