Accepted paper:

Between radicalism and marginality: anarchism in post-communist Romania


Raluca Abăseacă (Free University of Brussels)

Paper short abstract:

Our paper questions the relations between different visions of the world, alternative projects of society and everyday practices within anarchist groups in post-communist Romania, but also between anarchists and other radical or moderate informal groups.

Paper long abstract:

Small informal groups of young and mostly middle class leftist activists emerged in post-communist Romania in the last years. There groups are critical of both repressive communist regimes and of neoliberal direction taken during the transition. Confronted directly with the problem of emigration, unemployment, market pressures, they react to the conservatism, the anti-communism of Romanian society, but also to mainstream nationalist and religious discourses. Taking into account the case study of anarchist Romanian groups, we consider that revolutionary sentiments, but also alternative projects of society, alternative lifestyles are being generated by the everyday life under the conditions of material abundance and not by poverty. This happens by the rejection of consumerism, of a lifestyle based on individualism, competition and efficiency and by the effort to imagine a radical change. In spite of our emphasis on anarchist groups, we take into account social interactions between anarchists and other informal political groups (neo-Marxists, feminists, ecologists).

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