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Occupy the squares, freeing buildings
City Univ Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Peoples R China..ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5511-2390
Univ Autonoma Barcelona, Inst Govern & Polit Publ, E-08193 Barcelona, Spain..
2015 (English)In: ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, ISSN 1492-9732, E-ISSN 1492-9732, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 157-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The 15-M movement has faced financial crisis and neoliberal policies with an explosive and sustained social mobilisation of a precarious multitude. Organisational autonomy and transnational networks also defined the novelties of this movement. In this article we explain the main structural components of the 15-M movement and argue that the initial protest camps served as models of selforganisation and direct democracy, beyond their function as mere means for fuelling major discontents. Secondly, we explain how a virtuous convergence between the occupiers of the squares and the squatters of buildings was produced. Based on an empirical research of the Madrid case, we conclude that the convergence of those two social movements was possible due to: a) a process of "cumulative chains of activists exchanges"; b) specific socio-spatial and socio-political opportunity conditions; c) the successful appeal to both squatters and occupiers of the campaign "stop foreclosures" by bringing about the housing question as a key issue within the 15-M movement. Among the consequences of this mutual collaboration, squatting gained an increasing legitimacy and was more frequently practised.

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UNIV BRITISH COLUMBIA-OKANAGAN , 2015. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 157-184
Keywords [en]
15-M movement, squatters' movement, convergence of social movements, protest camps, cumulative chains of activist exchanges, opportunity political structures
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-319183ISI: 000359933300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-319183DiVA, id: diva2:1086374
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English translation of: Ocupar las plazas, Liberar edificios

Available from: 2017-04-02 Created: 2017-04-02 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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