Untangling the radical imaginaries of the Indignados' movement: Commons, autonomy and ecologism

Viviana Asara

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper

Abstract

The "movements of the squares" involved first and foremost an awakening or re-discovering of the
radical imagination both in the square encampments, and in later projects created with the movements'
decentralizations. The new alternative projects born after the square have materialized the movements'
radical imaginaries in urban environments, extending and deepening concerns of broad political change
over everyday life. Based on ethnographic work on the Indignados' movement in the city of Barcelona,
this paper delves more particularly into three Indignant urban projects. It untangles three common and
interlinked radical imaginaries both embodied and actualized in participants' social practices, and
further orienting their future visions: commons, autonomy and ecologism. Scrutinizing their meaning,
it also sheds light on connected issues such new ways of interfacing with local state authorities and
redefining the boundaries between the public and the common. It shows that the ecologism imaginary
cannot be properly grasped if disconnected from the other two imaginaries, and argues that a
transformative eco-politics can only be claimed as such if it is able to articulate such an integrated vision
typical of "socio-environmental movements".
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSRE - Discussion Papers
No.2018/04

WU Working Paper Series

  • SRE - Discussion Papers

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