Jürgen Mümken (* 1965 in Oeding ) is a post-anarchist author. Mümken is primarily concerned with the relationship between post-structuralism and anarchism . In some of his works he examines the relationship between anarchist and Marxist criticism of the state and traces the theory of the modern state . In his work he refers to Michel Foucault and the work Empire by Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt. He also discusses questions about the subject between autonomy and heteronomy , with a focus on the sex-Gender debate lies. Mümken has dealt with the Free Workers' Union of Germany (FAUD) in writings .
Jürgen Mümken grew up in a village in the Münsterland. After training as a draftsman and doing civilian service, Jürgen Mümken studied architecture at the Kassel University with a focus on: prison architecture, housing policy, power and space.
He became politicized in the peace movement in the early 1980s , came into contact with anarchism in 1983 and became an anarchist through authors such as Augustin Souchy and Peter Kropotkin . During his studies he dealt with prison architecture and came into contact with the work of Michel Foucault .
In the 1990s he was mainly active in the autonomous movement. It soon occurred to him to combine Foucault's power analysis with anarchism. He initially focused on the analysis of power , the decentralization of the subject, later on the analysis of liberalism and neoliberalism , the concept of governmentality (rule in agreement with the ruled), the deconstruction of Jacques Derrida and "The Uneasiness of the Sexes" by Judith Butlerimportant. A first publication in this direction followed in 1998 as the article “No power for nobody. Attempt at an anarchist appropriation of Michel Foucault's philosophical project ”  in the“ Black Thread ”. In 1997/1998 he was active in the national group "Inside! City! Action!", Which was directed against so-called 'cleansing' of inner cities, especially the expulsion of drug users, homeless people , punks and the alcohol scene and gave lectures on this topic. Then he began working on the book "Freedom, Individuality and Subjectivity", which was published in 2003 by Edition AV . While working on this book, he discovered Mikhail Bakuninprimarily new as a philosopher and interested in Spinoza's philosophy . Based on the term “post-anarchism”, which includes various current disputes within anarchism, he put the website “postanarchism.net” online at the beginning of 2005. Jürgen Mümken has published book reviews in the libertarian monthly magazine Graswurzelrevolution since the 1990s .
Since 2007 he has been editing the Libertarian Library series at Edition AV . This is where libertarian novels and short stories are reissued. The authors do not have to see themselves as anarchists. The novels and the stories have a libertarian content or report on libertarian events.
Mümken's focus is on researching the subjectivity of the individual in his relationship to the neoliberal postmodern state. He refers to both Marxist criticism of the state and post-structuralism. He is particularly interested in the post-feminist discourse as a reaction to social transformation processes. He is also interested in the subject as an autonomous, wage-dependent human capital . "The" self-determination "of individuals is becoming a central economic resource and a factor of production (...) In this neoliberal way of thinking, work is no longer the necessary restriction on the freedom of the individual" He does not only think about theory, but also includes the practice of no-border movement (movement against borders), people's global action , the zapatistas , the globalization critics and the autonomists.
Mümken admits that the post-anarchist discourse, especially in the English-speaking countries, does not play a role in the anarchist debates in the German-speaking area. This does not mean that its discussions do not nevertheless take place under different terms. “The various theoretical debates (poststructuralist anarchism, postmodern anarchism, etc.) that are summarized today under the term“ postanarchism ”are older than the term. (...) only since about 2001/02 have the various theoretical debates on postmodern and poststructuralist theories from an anarchist perspective been summarized under post-anarchism. ”  Therefore, the term reflects nothing more than a decided point of view.
Post-anarchism does not represent a uniform theory, but, like post-structuralism, post-feminism and post- Marxism, a whole series of different schools of thought. He states: “The view of man and the world of classical anarchism is outdated. The understanding of domination has changed and expanded. Since the establishment of classical anarchism, the reality of the state and capitalism has changed. In order to analyze them in the sense of anarchism, it is necessary to use the postmodern and poststructuralist toolbox. Foucault, Deleuze, Derrida, Butler and others are not anarchists, nevertheless their theoretical work is of great importance for an actualization of anarchism. The prefix “Post” stands for a questioning and rejection of some basic assumptions of classical anarchism, not for the abandonment of anarchist goals. ”  In this sense, post- anarchism is understood as a continuation of the classical criticism of rule, including postmodern debates.
- The order of the room . Foucault's analysis of power and the transformation of space in modernity. edition ergon, Bensheim / Pfungstatt 1997
- Freedom, individuality and subjectivity. State and subject in postmodernism from an anarchist perspective. Verlag Edition AV, Frankfurt am Main 2003, ISBN 3-936049-12-2 .
- Anarcho-syndicalism on the Fulda. The FAUD in Kassel and in the resistance against National Socialism and Fascism. Verlag Edition AV, Frankfurt am Main 2004, ISBN 3-936049-36-X .
- Capitalism and housing . A contribution to the history of housing policy in the mirror of capitalist development dynamics and social struggles. Verlag Edition AV, Lich 2006, ISBN 3-936049-64-5 .
- The order of the room. Foucault, Bio-Power, Control Society and Transformation of Space in Modernity. Verlag Edition AV, Lich 2012, ISBN 978-3-86841-070-9 .
- Anarchism and philosophy. Text collection, Verlag Edition AV, Lich 2015, ISBN 978-3-86841-114-0 .
- Postmodern anarchism. Contributions to anarchist theory and practice . Verlag Edition AV 2005, ISBN 3-936049-37-8 .
- "Anti-Semite, that doesn't work among people". Anarchist Positions on Anti-Semitism , Zionism and Israel . Volume 1: From Proudhon to the founding of the state . Edition AV, Lich / Hessen 2013, ISBN 978-3-86841-088-4 (together with Siegbert Wolf )
- "Anti-Semite, that doesn't work among people". Anarchist Positions on Anti-Semitism, Zionism and Israel . Volume 2: From the founding of the state until today . Edition AV, Lich / Hessen 2014, ISBN 978-3-86841-118-8 (together with Siegbert Wolf)
- Kishinev - The Pogrom 1903 . Edition AV, Lich / Hessen 2016, ISBN 978-3-86841-123-2 (together with Andreas H. Hohmann)
- Literature by and about Jürgen Mümken in the catalog of the German National Library
- Text selection at postanarchismus.net
- Website Jürgen Mümkens
- Interview with Jürgen Mümken on Alpine Anarchist
- "For me, anarchism also means anti-capitalism" Interview in Jungle World
- Lecture Post-Anarchism - Revisions, Renewals, Breaks in the Audio Archive - Internet Archive (2018)
- Jürgen Mümken: No power for nobody. Attempt at an anarchist appropriation of Michel Foucault's philosophical project. In: Schwarzer Faden No. 63. Retrieved July 25, 2020 . ; separate print in the edition bandera negra ; Kassel 1998; 22 pp.
- Jürgen Mümken: Anarchism, Neoliberalismus and the liberation of society from the state in Jürgen Mümken (Hg.): Anarchismus in der Postmoderne . Verlag Edition AV 2005, p. 47.
- Jürgen Mümken: Anarchism in Postmodernism in Jürgen Mümken (ed.): Anarchismus in der Postmoderne . Verlag Edition AV 2005, p. 11.
- Jürgen Mümken: Anarchist Theory (in) the Postmodern
- Jürgen Mümken, quoted in According to Schwarze Risse - Newsletter Sept. 2007 ( Memento from December 25, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German anarchist and author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1965|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Oeding|