Accepted paper:

Critical political movement: an anthropological perspective

Authors:

Mar Fernandez
Fernando Jose Carasa (UAM)
Liliana Suárez Navaz (Universidad Autónoma Madrid)

Paper short abstract:

In this article we propose to explore the case of the Spanish Revolution as an illustration of the way an anthropological perspective could contribute to get over a false dichotomy between the politics of "others" and "our" politics, following the path of inspiring analysis such as Clastres.

Paper long abstract:

Anthropologists have always been close to heterogeneous sociopolitical actors. Nowadays, in a context of a blooming of critical political movements around the world, anthropologists are not only analyzing but also participating actively in a process change challenging hegemonic Modern political paradigms. In this article we propose to explore the case of the Spanish Revolution as an illustration of the way an anthropological perspective could contribute to get over a false dichotomy between the politics of "others" and "our" politics, following the path of inspiring analysis such as Clastres. In fact the analysis will show that the efforts within this social movement to get back a locally rooted assembly methodology is an essential move towards the dismantling of dominant political categories of thinking through which power gets reproduced. In this sense our ethnographically and politically rooted contribution will explore how representation, as a dominant political habitus, is being questioned and remade through this particular political methodology. Finally we will look at the way political articulation of localized and dispersed subjectivities are enunciated in the case of Madrid, enabling difference to emerge a social change of a colective thinking but not unique.

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Inspiring alter-politics: anthropology and critical political thinking (EN-FR)