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Worldwide Mobilizations: Class Struggles and Urban Commoning

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Worldwide Mobilizations

Class Struggles and Urban Commoning

Edited by Don Kalb and Massimiliano Mollona

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-906-6 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2018)

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“The extremely variegated geographical and political contexts taken into consideration highlight the ambitious project of this book, which applies a sound common methodological framework to multiple subjects for anthropological reflection…The volume constitutes a fundamental reading to avoid generalizing accounts of what the editors deem the increasingly contested but still dominant neoliberalism as well as commonsensical clues about its local political manifestations.” • ANUAC

“Each of the chapters is a careful and nuanced analysis of a contemporary populist movement for reclaiming urban space and for a transformation of the moral order. Thus, the new trend, as this book amply illustrates, is not just confined to the economy but also for more abstract values such as corruption and the environment; morality and aesthetics have entered into what is termed as ‘post-political’.” • Anthropological Notebooks

“This is a timely contribution to our understanding of urban protest, and the analytical framework proposed by the editors is extremely relevant and important. I believe the volume… will spark a much-needed debate about class and social transformation in the 21st century.” • Lesley Gill, Vanderbilt University

“A very important contribution to understanding popular movements in late capitalism.” • Winnie Lem, Trent University


The past decades have seen significant urban insurrections worldwide, and this volume analyzes some of them from an anthropological perspective; it argues that transformations of urban class relationships must be approached in a way that is both globally informed and deeply embedded in local and popular histories, and contends that every case of urban mobilization should be understood against its precise context in the global capitalist transformation. The book examines cases of mobilization across the globe, and employs a Marxian class framework, open to the diverse and multi-scalar dynamics of urban politics, especially struggles for spatial justice.

Don Kalb is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. He is also a Senior Researcher at Utrecht University and a Visiting Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale. He is the Founding Editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology and of Focaalblog.

Massimiliano Mollona is Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He specializes in economic and political anthropology and visual art. His publications include Made in Sheffield: An Ethnography of Industrial Work and Politics (Berghahn, 2009) and Industrial Work and Life: An Anthropological Reader (Berg), with Johnathan Parry and Gert De Neve.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology Urban Studies



Introduction: Introductory Thoughts on Anthropology and Urban Insurrection
Don Kalb and Massimiliano Mollona

Chapter 1. Confronting ‘Aggressive Urbanism’: Frictional Heterogeneity in the ‘Gezi Protests’ of Turkey
Mehmet Barış Kuymulu

Chapter 2. Reconfiguring 'the People'? Notes on the 2014 Winter Revolt in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Stef Jansen

Chapter 3. ‘Sofia 2014, Feels Like 1989’: Abstention from the Protests and Declining Market Teleology in Bulgaria
Dimitra Kofti

Chapter 4. Spontaneity, Antagonism and the Moral Politics of Outrage: Urban Protest in Argentina since 2001
Sian Lazar

Chapter 5. ‘Neither Left nor Right’: Crisis, Wane of Politics, and Struggles for Sovereignty
Giacomo Loperfido

Chapter 6. Rebels and Revolutionaries: Urban Mobilizations of the Kamaiya Movement in Post-Conflict Western Nepal
Michael Peter Hoffmann

Chapter 7. The Brazilian ‘June’ Revolution: Urban Struggles, Composite Articulations and New Class Analysis
Massimiliano Mollona

Chapter 8. Contradictions of the ‘Common Man’: A Realist Approach to India's Aam Aadmi Party
Luisa Steur

Chapter 9. Re-envisioning Social Movements in the Global City: from Fordism to the Neoliberal Era
Ida Susser

Afterword: Notes for a Contemporary Urban Class Analysis
Massimiliano Mollona and Don Kalb


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