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Between Realism and RevoltGoverning Cities in the Crisis of Neoliberal Globalism$
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Jonathan Davies

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210910

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210910.001.0001

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Resisting Austerity: Resonant Solidarities and Small Wins

Resisting Austerity: Resonant Solidarities and Small Wins

(p.135) 6 Resisting Austerity: Resonant Solidarities and Small Wins
Between Realism and Revolt

Jonathan S. Davies

Policy Press

Chapter 6 explores resistance from the perspective of its capacity to deplete the governability of austere neoliberalism, construct solidarities, incubate alternative political economies in local state and civil society, and channel particularistic grievances into a more generalised anti-neoliberal or anti-capitalist politics. It highlights three ways in which resistance to austere neoliberalism acts positively in and against neoliberal regime politics. First, in the specific case of Barcelona, resistance propelled anti-austerity forces into office and consolidated municipalist regime capacity through discourses, practices and mobilisations around international solidarity, anti-racism and feminisation. Second, the chapter discusses numerous instances in which acts of resistance serve to politicize and reconstitute civil society forces organising against austere neoliberalism. Third, it identifies significant trends towards political generalisation, where specific grievances give rise to systemic grievances and critique.

Keywords:   Resistance, Solidarity, Strike, Internationalism, Feminism, New municipalism

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