|dc.description.abstract||This research is an analysis of efforts to develop a politics of everyday life
through embedding anarchist and left-libertarian ideas and practices into
community and workplace organisation. It investigates everyday life as a
key terrain of political engagement, interrogating the everyday spatial
strategies of two emerging forms of radical politics.
The community dimension of the research focuses on two London-based
social centre collectives, understood as community-based, anarchist-run
political spaces. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), an international
trade union that organises along radical left-libertarian principles, comprises
the workplace element. The empirical research was conducted primarily
through an activist-ethnographic methodology.
Based in a politically-engaged framework, the research opens up debates
surrounding the role of place-based class politics in a globalised world, and
how such efforts can contribute to our understanding of social relations,
place, networks, and political mobilisation and transformation. The research
thus contributes to and provides new perspectives on understanding and
enacting everyday spatial strategies.
Utilising Marxist and anarchist thought, the research develops a distinctive
theoretical framework that draws inspiration from both perspectives.
Through an emphasis on how groups seek to implement particular radical
principles, the research also explores the complex interactions between
theory and practice in radical politics.
I argue that it is in everyday spaces and practices where we find the most
powerful sources for political transformation. Grassroots politics are most
effective when enacted through everyday place-based relations.
Prefigurative spatial strategies enacted by the groups studied not only strive
to create relations fit for a post-capitalist society, but also seek to mobilise
and articulate their politics in ways that are tailored to the specific context of
struggle. Thus, groups such as social centres and the IWW can tell us a lot
about how utopian ideas can be directly relevant to immediate everyday
material needs and experiences.||en_US