Communal Performativity—A Seed for Change? The Solidarity of Thessaloniki's Social Movements in the Diverse Fights Against Neoliberalism
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SourceAntipode, 49, 5, (2017), pp. 1446-1463
20 juli 2017
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SubjectInstitute for Management Research
The debate on the financial crisis is at an impasse. Neoliberal austerity discourse is often positioned as an almost insurmountable barrier, its disciplinary power affecting even the most change-oriented citizen-initiatives existing today. Countering this, this paper highlights the transformative capacity of social movements in Thessaloniki. Drawing from Butler, Laclau and Mouffe, and Gibson-Graham we develop the notion of “communal performativity” both as an academic and as a practical concept to understand and build trajectories of socio-economic change. “Communal” denotes the drive of the movements’ participants to interconnect and (re)negotiate with a multiplicity of Others, curbing identity politics to articulate internal differences and Otherness. We see some hopeful signs of bridges being built towards shared trajectories of change that can be understood as different but concrete variations on the abstract counter-narrative of “breaking with neoliberalism”. Some of these variations challenge, others diversify neoliberal discourses and practices.
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