FREE ARTICLES downloadable in new Paper Symposium on ‘Autonomy and Activism’ published by Antipode, Geography’s radical journal.
FREE @ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/anti.2010.42.issue-4/issuetoc
Antipode, Geography’s long standing radical journal of Geography, is pleased to announce a special symposium of papers called: ‘Autonomy: The struggle for survival, self-management and the common’ (Vol 42:4). This symposium has been pulled together by Paul Chatterton, from the University of Leeds, cofounder of the MA in Activism and Social Change (www.activismsocialchange.org.uk) and the ‘Cities and Social Justice’ research group in the School of Geography.
The articles in this paper symposium aim to reflect the rich and creative desire of autonomous political activism that has flourished over the last decade through the anti-globalisation and anti-capitalist movement leading to new tactics and ideas for resistance and alternatives to capitalism such as climate camps, anti-roads protests, social centres, squats, free schools, teach-ins and hacklabs.
These articles are all concerned with the urgent political tasks of promoting self management and building practices and spaces embedded in commoning as survival routes out of the capitalist present. They are framed by a backdrop of the need for urgent change. Their concepts, case studies and provocations invite us to dwell further on this preoccupation and to force solutions into existence. The hope is that the papers presented here will stimulate much needed further writing, research and action from academics, campaigners and activists on the desire for autonomy – a desire that points to survival routes out of this capitalist present through building capacity for self management and the development of the common.
Contributors to the Special Symposium are leading academics and activists from across the world directly involved in the practice and theory of autonomous politics. They include:
John Holloway who lives in Mexico and is author of several landmark books on autonomous Marxism including most recently ‘Crack Capitalism’ (Pluto, 2009) and is one of the leading commentators on the Zapatista insurrection.
Gustavo Esteva is writer and activist and author of numerous books including the classic text ‘Grassroots Postmodernism’ (Zed Books). He is currently involved in many grassroots struggles in Oaxaca, Mexico, including the Oaxacan Popular Peoples Assembly (APPO) and “La Universidad de La Tierra” (“The University of the Land”)
Chris Carlsson and Francesca Manning. Chris Carlsson has been an activist and writer in San Francisco for a number of decades and was involved in setting up the magazine Processed World in the 1980s. He is a dedicated nowtopian, developing this idea in a recent book (Carlsson, 2008). Francesca Manning is pursuing these ideas at the CUNY Graduate Centre.
Massimo de Angelis is Professor of Political Economy at the University of East London and is author of one of the key books on commoning and value struggles (De Angelis, 2007). he is also editor of the website and online publication ‘The Commoner: a web journal of other values’ (www.thecommoner.org.uk
Jai Sen, writer and activist from India who has been involved in the World Social forum Movement since its inception, continues this theme with an article on open space. Sen is Director of ‘India Institute for Critical Action: Centre In Movement’.
The Free Association who are a writing collective based in several locations some of whom are involved in publishing the magazine ‘Turbulence: Ideas for Movement’ and write at www.freelyassociating.org.
All the papers are FREE to download in Volume 42:4 and include:
- Paul Chatterton. Autonomy. The struggle for survival, self-management and the common
- Gustavo Esteva. The Oaxaca Commune and Mexico’s coming insurrection
- Chris Carlsson and Francesca Manning Nowtopia: Strategic Exodus?
- John Holloway Crack capitalism. The Crisis of Abstract Labour
- The Free Association. Antagonism, neo-liberalism and movements. Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
- Jai Sen. On open space Explorations towards a vocabulary of a more open politics
- Massimo De Angelis The Production of Commons and the “Explosion” of the Middle Class