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Migration, Squatting and Radical Autonomy

Edited by Pierpaolo Mudu, Sutapa Chattopadhyay

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294 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book offers a unique contribution, exploring how the intersections among migrants and radical squatter’s movements have evolved over past decades. The complexity and importance of squatting practices are analyzed from a bottom-up perspective, to demonstrate how the spaces of squatting can be transformed by migrants. With contributions from scholars, scholar-activists, and activists, this book provides unique insights into how squatting has offered an alternative to dominant anti-immigrant policies, and the implications of squatting on the social acceptance of migrants. It illustrates the different mechanisms of protest followed in solidarity by migrant squatters and Social Center activists, when discrimination comes from above or below, and explores how can different spatialities be conceived and realized by radical practices.

Contributions adopt a variety of perspectives, from critical human geography, social movement studies, political sociology, urban anthropology, autonomous Marxism, feminism, open localism, anarchism and post-structuralism, to analyze and contextualize migrants and squatters’ exclusion and social justice issues. This book is a timely and original contribution through its exploration of migrations, squatting and radical autonomy.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD

Bridget Anderson

INTRODUCTION Migrations, Squatting and Radical Autonomy

Pierpaolo Mudu and Sutapa Chattopadhyay

PART I: BORDERS AND FRONTIERS

1. From the Desert to the Courtroom: Challenging the Invisibility of the Operation Streamline Dragnet and En-masse Hearings

Andrew Burridge

2. Frontex and its Role in the European Border Regime

Sara Casella Colombeau

3. Undocumented Territories: Strategies of Specialization by Undocumented Migrants

Henk Van Houtum and Aparna Kolar

4. Trapped on the Border: a Brief History of Solidarity Squatting Practices in Calais

Calais Migrant Solidarity Group

PART II: SQUATTING FOR HOUSING

5. Why Migrants Squats are a Political Issue: a Few Thoughts about the Situation in France

Florence Bouillion

6. Migration and Mobilization for the Right to Housing in Rome. New Urban Frontiers?

Nadia Nur and Alejandro

7. Student Migrants and Squatting in Rome at Times of Austerity

Cesare di Feliciantonio

8. Palazzo Bernini: an Experience of a Multicultural Squatted House in Catania

Federica Frazetta

9. The Untold Struggles of Migrant Women Squatters and the Occupations of Kottbusser Straße 8 and Forster Straße 16/17, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Azozomox and Duygu Gürsel

PART III: EXCLUSION, CRIMINALIZATION AND PRECARITY

10. Space Invaders: The ‘Migrant-Squatter’ as the Ultimate Intruder

Stefania Grohman

11. Racialization of Informal Settlements, De-politicization of Squatting and Everyday Resistances in French Slums

Thomas Aguilera

12. Emancipation, Integration, or Marginality: The Romanian Roma in Bologna and the Scalo Internazionale Migranti

Fulvia Antonelli and Mimmo Perrotta

13. ‘We are here to stay’: Reflections on the Struggle of the Refugee Group "Lampedusa in Hamburg" and the Solidarity Campaign, 2013–2015

Simone Beate Borgstede

PART IV: DIFFICULTIES OF DIVERSITY AND ACTION

14. Sacred Squatting: Seeking Sanctuary in Religious Spaces

Serin D. Houston

15. Beyond Solidarity: Migrants and Squatters in Madrid

Miguel Martínez

16. Narrating the Challenges of Women-Refugee Activists of Ohlauer Straße 12, International Women’s Space, Berlin

Azozomox and International Women's Space

PART V: SOCIAL CENTERS, RADICAL AUTONOMY AND SQUATTING – BEYOND CITIZENSHIP AND BORDERS

17. Trampolinehuset: An Autonomous Culture Center for Refugees in Copenhagen

Tina Steiger

18. When migrants meet squatters: the case of the movement of migrants and refugees in Caserta

Roman Filhol

19. Migrant Squatters in the Greek Territory: Practices of Resistance and the Production of the Athenian Urban Space

Makrygianni Vasiliki

20. Natural Resource Scarcity, Degrowth Scenarios and National Borders: The Role of Migrant Squats

Claudio Cattaneo

21. Euro Trash in Loïsada, New York

Hans Pruijt

22. Squatting and the Illegalized Migrants’ Struggles in the Netherlands

Deanna Dadusc

23. Migrations, Squatting and Radical Autonomy: conclusions

Pierpaolo Mudu and Sutapa Chattopadhyay

 

About the Editors

Pierpaolo Mudu is Professor in the Faculty of Urban Studies and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington – Tacoma, USA.

Sutapa Chattopadhyay is sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto-Munk School (Canada) and affiliated Researcher at United Nations and Maastricht Universities (Netherlands).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography