On Affect, Action, Urban Intervention
In 2011, protest slogans and banners in Madrid’s Sol encampment formulated plural responses to the circumstance of the crisis. On the one hand, these statements expressed the refusal of protesters to accept their constituent condition as the represented by government officials and policy makers making decisions against their interests and without their consent: “¡No somos mercancías en manos de banqueros y políticos!” [We’re not goods in the hands of bankers and politicians!], “¡No pagaremos vuestras crisis!” [We won’t pay for your crises!], and so on (Hardt and Negri, 2012, n.p.). On the other hand, and related to the former, the language of protest critiqued the growing social exclusions being forged amid the economic downturn and the dismantling of social welfare protections: “Violencia es cobrar 600 euros” [Earning 600 Euros is violence], “España, un país de gente sin casa y casas sin gente” [Spain, a country of people without houses and houses without people], and so forth. How do these statements identify and contest the standing political and economic powers for the ways in which they condition everyday life? What practices of opposition characterize the 15M protests and assemblies, in their multiple demands, areas of action, and desires for change?
KeywordsDeliberative Democracy Civil Disobedience Urban Intervention Affective Intensity Constituent Power
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