Everyday micro-resistances and horizons of radical solidarity, care and mutualism

Marco Checchi, George Kokkinidis

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Although resistance is traditionally conceived as oppositional and reactive, we
propose to follow those everyday resistant practices that create alternative
organisations and horizons of change. Drawing on data collected through a range
of qualitative methodologies (semi-structured interviews, participant observation
and informal group conversations) from KIA, a social and solidarity clinic in Greece, and Ri.Maflow, a recuperated factory in Italy, we explore the microphysics of resistance at work in the continuous experimentation of exerting power differently within those organisations and their transformative potential that expands beyond their boundaries. We reflect on how a social clinic evolves from a healthcare initiative to a health community and a space of wider social experimentation that is questioning the traditional hierarchical structure of the medical apparatus. Or how a recuperated factory is more than a reaction to unemployment, as it reinvents work, autonomy and self-management within the walls of the warehouse and in its relation with the wider ecology of its community. We want to emphasise how these resistances are not simply a reaction against the loss of social and economic infrastructures due to austerity, but active practices of solidarity that experimentally engage with creation with often unintentional and unanticipated outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Movements and Everyday Acts of Resistance
Subtitle of host publicationSolidarity in a Changing World
EditorsStamatis Poulakidakos, Anastasia Veneti, Maria Rovisco
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781003265337
ISBN (Print)9781032201887
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023


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