1st Edition

Politics of Recuperation Repair and Recovery in Post-Crisis Portugal

Edited By Francisco Martinez Copyright 2020
    244 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Through a range of ethnographic case studies focusing on the Portuguese recovery after the economic crisis, this book begins a conversation about the experience of recuperation and repair. Located in the cracks and gaps between the state and society, recuperation appears as a social and infrastructural answer linked to reciprocity, critical urbanity, generational interweaving, alternate ordering and reconnection of different bodies and histories. With chapters looking at public art in Lisbon and recuperative modes of action, this collection takes a thorough look at a society in crisis and shows how the people of the community create micro-politics of resistance. Ultimately, Politics of Recuperation reflects on the meaning of personal and collective resilience in Europe today, as well as on the limits and interstices of contemporary politics.

    Politics of Recuperation: An Introduction

    Francisco Martínez


    1. Recuperative Modes of Action: Reciprocity, Dependence and Resistance to Austerity Policies in Rural Portugal
    2. Ema Pires

    3. Beautiful People Eat Ugly Fruit: Ugliness and the Cracks of the System
    4. André Nóvo

    5. If Buildings Could Speak: Makeshift Urbanity on the Outskirts of Lisbon
    6. Giacomo Pozzi

    7. Geographies of Public Art and Urban Regeneration in Lisbon
    8. Chiara Pussetti

    9. The Compost of Recuperation. Fabricating Social Ties in the Interstices
    10. Marcos Farias Ferreira and Francisco Martinez

    11. The Place of Recuperation. Limits and Challenges of Urban Recovery in Post-austerity Portugal
    12. Luis Mendes

    13. Secondary Agents of Recuperation within the Hindu Community in Lisbon.
    14. Inês Lourenço.

    15. Recuperation and Vice Versa in Portuguese Folk Art.
    16. Maria Manuela Restivo and Luciano Moreira

    17. Recuperative Dances: Reconnecting through Kizomba in a Crisis Context

    Livia Jiménez Sedano

    Conclusion: Repair as Repopulating the Devastated Desert of Our Political and Social Imaginations

    Tomás Sánchez Criado

    Afterword Micro Spaces of Resilience and Resistance: Coping with the Multiple Crises in Portugal.

    Isabel David


    Francisco Martínez is Lecturer in the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK. In 2018, he was awarded the Early Career Award from the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

    "I really like the ethnographic sensibility that the contributors bring to the material and the way the collection approaches socially embedded practices of repair and recuperation. Since the experience of living under difficult conditions is so widespread in the world today, the themes of recuperation and repair make this book useful for a broad range of scholars who are interested in how people manage their lives under constrained circumstances. At the same time, the grounded ethnographic approach makes the book essential reading for anyone working in the field of Portugal studies."

    - Matt Rosen, Ohio University, USA

    "This book opens a fascinating window into the meaning of personal and collective resilience in Europe today. The crisis came, it ravaged a whole generation, but did it stop it? No! The Portuguese response to externally enforced “austerity” is surely a prime illustration of the creative forces that lurk within Europe’s internal margins."

    - João de Pina Cabral, University of Kent, UK

    "These diverse accounts offer insightful ethnographies that describe how citizen inventiveness enabled the Portuguese to cope with the collapse of their social worlds. This is a book offering hope and resources for living in a world that seems to be heading towards a permanent state of crisis."

    - Adolfo Estalella, Madrid Complutense University, Spain

    "A timely book offering a richly detailed tapestry and in-depth exploration of the “resonant micropolitics” of crisis and its immediate aftermaths across Portugal. Its broad range of scholars open up anthropological vistas of recuperation and repair, thereby enlarging our understanding of the possibilities for regenerating together in today’s broken worlds."

    ~ Filip De Boeck, University of Leuven, Belgium