[EN] Second edition of ‘Squatting in Europe’ published

[EN] Second edition of ‘Squatting in Europe’ published

The second edition of Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles has just been published. As before, the pdf is available and individual chapters are now being uploaded to the website, links below.

Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

Published on Minor Compositions.

Squatting in Europe aims to move beyond the conventional understandings of squatting, investigating its history in Europe over the past four decades. Historical comparisons and analysis blend together in these inquiries into squatting in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England. In it members of SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) explore the diverse, radical, and often controversial nature of squatting as a form of militant research and self-managed knowledge production.

Contents:

  • Margit Mayer: Preface
  • Introduction
  • Hans Pruijt: Squatting in Europe
  • Pierpaolo Mudu: Resisting and challenging Neoliberalism: the development of Italian Social
    Centres
  • Gianni Piazza: How activists make decisions within Social Centres? A comparative study in an Italian city
  • Miguel A. Martínez: The Squatters’ Movement in Spain: A Local and Global Cycle of Urban Protests
  • Claudio Cattaneo: Urban squatting, rural squatting and the ecological-economic perspective
  • Andre Holm, Armin Kuhn: Squatting and Urban Renewal: The Interaction of Squatter Movements and Strategies of Urban Restructuring in Berlin
  • Linus Owens: Have squat, will travel: How squatter mobility mobilizes squatting
  • Florence Bouillon: What’s a ‘good’ squatter? Categorization’s processes of squats by government officials in France
  • Thomas Aguilera: Configurations of Squats in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: diversity of goals and resources
  • E.T.C. Dee: Moving towards criminalisation and then what? Examining dominant discourses on squatting in England

Available from Minor Compositions direct and all good radical bookshops.



[EN] Book review: Squatting in Europe

Review of Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles by Amy Starecheski, in City journal

Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles is a collection of 10 essays edited by the Squatting Europe Kollective (SqEK). SqEK is a network of activists and scholars that formed in 2009 and has been remarkably productive over the past four years, convening nine gatherings and supporting the development of numerous research projects. This is their first book. SqEK’s organization mirrors that of the movements they study: horizontal and open. Both the SqEK project and this volume have intertwined activist and political aims, and these authors see the production and dissemination of knowledge about squatting as an essential part of their activism. In the service of that goal, the book is available as a free download, but has also been published as a printed volume. SqEK seeks to marshal the power of social scientific academic knowledge production to intervene with authority in current political discourse, and the essays included here largely fit within that frame. Most are written in the third person, and in a neutral, professional tone. While many participants have been involved in squatting and take their inspiration from those experiences, they are also serious researchers who ‘work together in order to develop a thorough, systematic and critical knowledge about this so frequently forgotten social movement’ (273). Much of the research in this volume would not have been possible without the authors’ direct participation in the movements they document, and it is one weakness of the work that the authors do not draw more directly upon their own experiences and personal insights.
(more…)


[EN] Book released in Paris!

[EN] Book released in Paris!

The book is now printed! You can download the complete pdf – sqek-book.

Please help us promote/sell the book also, we are not making any profit from this and want to spread the articles widely…

It is published by minorcompositions, where you can buy it for a reasonable £10. They will send worldwide.

It will also soon be available to buy via AKUK, Active, AKpress, Autonomedia and all decent radical bookshops. For wholesale it is distributed by Turnaround or by Minor Compositions direct.


[EN] Book – Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

[EN] Book – Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

Available NOW!

Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles

Published on Minor Compositions, which states:

Squatting in Europe aims to move beyond the conventional understandings of squatting, investigating its history in Europe over the past four decades. Historical comparisons and analysis blend together in these inquiries into squatting in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England. In it members of SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) explore the diverse, radical, and often controversial nature of squatting as a form of militant research and self-managed knowledge production.

Contents:

  • Margit Mayer: Preface
  • Introduction
  • Hans Pruijt: Squatting in Europe
  • Pierpaolo Mudu: Resisting and challenging Neoliberalism: the development of Italian Social
    Centres
  • Gianni Piazza: How activists make decisions within Social Centres? A comparative study in an Italian city
  • Miguel A. Martínez: The Squatters’ Movement in Spain: A Local and Global Cycle of Urban Protests
  • Claudio Cattaneo: Urban squatting, rural squatting and the ecological-economic perspective
  • Andre Holm, Armin Kuhn: Squatting and Urban Renewal: The Interaction of Squatter Movements and Strategies of Urban Restructuring in Berlin
  • Linus Owens: Have squat, will travel: How squatter mobility mobilizes squatting
  • Florence Boullon: What’s a ‘good’ squatter? Categorization’s processes of squats by government officials in France
  • Thomas Aguilera: Configurations of Squats in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: diversity of goals and resources
  • E.T.C. Dee: Moving towards criminalisation and then what? Examining dominant discourses on squatting in England

Available from Minor Compositions direct and all good radical bookshops.