The College of Liberal Arts at Temple University


Edward A. Avery-Natale

Ph.D. Candidate

Gladfelter 758

(215) 204-8711




2005: Bloomsburg University, Bachelor's Degrees in Sociology and Philosophy


2007: Temple University, Master's Degree in Sociology.


areas of expertise

  • Identity Theories
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Postmodern Social Theory
  • Popular Culture
  • Youth Cultures
  • Research Methods
  • Political Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity

courses i teach (click for syllabus)



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I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  I am working on a dissertation concerning identity construction narratives among members of the anarcho-punk culture in Philadelphia. 


I specialize in postmodernist, post-structuralist, and psychoanalytic identity and social theories. More specifically, my specialities include applying these topics to issues of social movements, popular culture, music, politics (emphasizing anarchism and post-anarchism), and race.  I also specialize in research methods with an emphasis on qualitative methods.


I am currently the AFT staff organizer for the Temple University Graduate Students' Association (TUGSA), the labor-union that represents all TAs and RAs at Temple University.  I am also TUGSA's former treasurer and former co-president.


Published Articles (click to download.)

"The God Metaphor"


"Book Review: This Country Must Change: The Necessity of Revolution in the USA"


"'We're Here, We're Queer, We're Anarchists': The Nature of Identification and Subjectivity Among Black Blocs"


"An Analysis of Embodiment among six Superheroes in DC Comics" (forthcoming)


Papers being prepared for publication

Avery-Natale, Edward. "The Physical Presentation of Resistance among Anarcho-Punks in Philadelphia."


Avery-Natale, Edward. "Narratives of Entrance into Anarcho-Punk in Philadelphia."


Avery-Natale, Edward. "Goldfinger." Rebel Music. (forthcoming)

upcoming events

January 7 - January 8th, 2012.  North American Anarchist Studies Network, 3rd annual assembly.  To be held at the "Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe" in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.


RIght NowOccupy Philly.


recommended reading

Agamben, Giorgio. (1993). The Coming Community: Theory out of Bounds. University of Minnesota Press.


Althusser, Louis.  (2001).  Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays.  Monthly Review Press.


Amster, et. al. (eds.). (2009). Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology to Anarchy in the Academy. Routledge.


Appiah, Kwame Anthony.  2004.  The Ethics of Identity.  Princeton University Press.


Bauman, Zygmunt. (2001). Modernity and the Holocaust. Cornell University Press.


Bookchin, Murray. (2004). Post-Scarcity Anarchism. AK Press.


Call, Lewis. (2003). Postmodern Anarchism. Lexington Books.


Day, Richard J.F. (2005). Gramsci is Dead: Anarchist Currents in the Newest Social Movements. Pluto Press.


Du Gay, Paul, Jessica Evans and Peter Redman 2000. Identity: A Reader. Sage Publications.


Foucault, Michel. (2001). Power: The Essential Works of Foucault. New Press.


Gilroy, Paul.  (2002).  Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line.  Belknap Press.


Holstein, James A. and Jaber F. Gubrium.  (2000).  The Self We Live By: Narrative Identity in a Postmodern World.  Oxford University Press.


Invisible Committee, The. (2009). The Coming Insurrection. Semiotext(e).


Laclau, Ernesto and Chantal Mouffe. (2001). Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. Verso.


Marx, Karl. (xxxx). The Communist Manifesto.


May, Todd. (1994). The Political Philosophy of Poststructuralist Anarchism. Pennsylvania State University Press.


Newman, Saul.  (2007).  From Bakunin to Lacan: Anti-Authoritarianism and the Dislocation of Power.  Lexington Books.


Perinbanayagam, R.S.  (2000).  The Presence of Self.  Rowan and Littlefield.


Schrag, Calvin O.  (1997).  The Self after Postmodernity.  Yale University Press.


Torfing, Jacob. (2009). New Theories of Discourse: Laclau, Mouffe, and Zizek. Wiley-Blackwell.


Zizek, Slavoj. (2006). Interrogating the Real. Continuum.

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