Accepted Paper:

The spreading of daily-life actions as political devices in the face of a multidimensional crisis: the case of Seville (Andalusia, Spain)  


Luis Berraquero-Díaz (Pablo de Olavide University, Seville)
Francisco Maya-Rodriguez (Pablo de Olavide University)
Joan Vidal-Tormo
Javier Escalera Reyes (Pablo de Olavide University)

Paper short abstract:

Current multidimensional crisis in Spain has fostered the spread of collective civil actions and movements regarding everyday-life as a political arena. Ethnographic research and two workshops were carried out in the city of Seville (Andalusia, Spain) to identify and describe them.

Paper long abstract:

Current financial, social and environmental crisis in Spain has fostered the development and spread of a diverse range of collective civil actions and movements. Most of these already existed before the breakpoint of the crisis but have become more visible as effective alternatives in the face of the welfare state's dismantling. Drawing from the statement "the personal is political" (C Hanisch; 1970), daily-life actions, decisions, behaviors, attitudes, relationships, from individual to collective, are used as political devices to "kick over the traces". Some examples of initiatives are timebanks, consumer associations, urban communal homegardens, collective breeding groups, social and local currencies and "Spanishrevolution" neighborhood assemblies. In this work we particularly tackle initiatives focusing their action in everydays'-life dimensions (eg. care, household economy, employ, mobility, food) and relying on the commons idiosyncrasy. Ethnographic research and two workshops were carried out with key stakeholders in the city of Seville (Andalusia, Spain) in order to identify, describe and map these initiatives. The central topics of the workshops were "sustainance" and "care" as matrixes and axes. Their motivations, discourses, collaboration networks, struggles and challenges are depicted. By doing so, we reflect on the role of these initiatives in social-ecological resilience and commons reinforcement within an urban context.

Panel P21
Collective creativity in everyday life: civil activity between hegemonic structures and flows of ideas