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Living Against AusterityA Feminist Investigation of Doing Activism and Being Activist$
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Emma Craddock

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529205701

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529205701.001.0001

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The Empirical and Political Context of Anti‑Austerity Activism

The Empirical and Political Context of Anti‑Austerity Activism

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Living Against Austerity

Emma Craddock

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of the political context, with a focus on austerity and how this forms part of the wider neoliberal project. The chapter establishes the ways in which austerity is gendered, classed and racialised, themes that will be drawn on throughout the book when exploring resistance to austerity. It moves from setting this wider context to an in-depth description of the specific anti-austerity activist culture that is explored in this book. This involves identifying the key movements and groups in the local context, as well as key features of these movements, such as their positioning as a ‘new’ form of politics that is outside the system and the centrality of social media to political organising in this context.

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, Austerity, Class, Race, Gender, Activist culture, Social media, UK Uncut

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