In the wake of the global financial crisis, new forms of social
organization are beginning to take shape. Disparate groups of people are
coming together in order to resist corporate globalization and seek a
more positive way forward. These movements are not based on hierarchy;
rather than looking to those in power to solve their problems,
participants are looking to one another. In certain countries in the
West, this has been demonstrated by the recent and remarkable rise of
the Occupy movement. But in Argentina, such radical transformations
have been taking place for years. Everyday Revolutions tells the story
of how regular people changed their country and inspired others across
About the author:
Marina Sitrin holds a PhD in Global
Sociology and a JD in International Women's Human Rights. Her work
focuses on social movements and justice, specifically looking at new
forms of social organization, such as autogestión, horizontalidad,
prefigurative politics, and new affective social relationships. Her
first book, Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina, is an
oral history based on the then emergent autonomous movements in
Argentina, published in Spanish (Chilavert 2005) and English (AK Press
2006). She has published in a range of journals and books, from the
International Journal of Contemporary Sociology to Znet, LeftTurn, and
Yes! Magazine. While much of her recent published work has been on
contemporary social movements in Argentina, she has worked throughout
the Americas, the Caribbean, and Japan. Her current research includes
the global mass assembly movements, specifically in Greece, Spain, and
Praise for Everyday Revolutions:
'Marina Sitrin's feet are solidly planted in Argentina -- and in this
book she gives a wonderful introduction to the concepts and practices
that have animated radical politics there for over a decade. But she is
also able to reach up and, on the basis of the Argentine perspective,
grasp the promise and importance of revolutionary activity elsewhere,
from the encampments in Spain and Greece to the Occupy movements and
beyond. The result is an inspiring and practical guide for
understanding what revolutionary politics can be today.'
Michael Hardt, co-author with Antonio Negri of 'Declaration'
'In the last decade, few things have inspired and influenced me more
than Marina Sitrin's reports from Argentina. She was one of the few to
paint a clear picture in English of the extraordinary social movements
there in the wake of the 2001 economic collapse, to understand the depth
and breadth and freshness of the Argentine vision and realization of
another way of thinking, connecting, organizing, working, and loving.
With this book we have a more analytical, thorough portrait of that
generous-spirited insurgency than ever before, one that is intensely
relevant to the economic downfalls and social uprisings in Greece, in
Spain, in the United States, and elsewhere. It will be a precious tool
for anyone trying to build a new society.'
Rebecca Solnit, author of 'A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster and Hope in the Dark'.
'Marina Sitrin shows us that something new and global is taking hold in
democratic politics, moving beyond the nation-state system of the past
200 years. Her knowledge is deep, based on engaged participant research
that began in Argentina and continues, transnationally today. By tracing
how citizen actions, 'prefiguring the world they wish to create,'
measure democracy by a different yardstick, this book documents the
emergence of horizontal, democratic forms that are empowering movements
around the world, and gives us reason for hope.'
Susan Buck-Morss, author of 'Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History', 'The
Dialectics of Seeing' and 'Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project'
'What happened in Argentina just over ten years ago is happening in the
world today. A refusal to accept, a refusal to be the victims of
capitalist crisis. A creation of other ways of organising, other ways of
living, a surge of political experiment. An inspiration for the
Occupies and Indignados. This is a timely and inspiring book whose ideas
spill over from the streets of Buenos Aires into Tahrir Square,
Zuccotti Park, Sintagma and Plaza del Sol. Just the discussion we need.'
John Holloway, author of 'Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today' and 'Crack Capitalism'
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