In the latest urban research group informal sharing (31 Oct 2014), Miguel has exchanged his views on the topic "BETWEEN AUTONOMY AND HYBRIDISATION: URBAN STRUGGLES WITHIN THE 15M MOVEMENT IN SPAIN"
Since May 15, 2011, the Indignados or 15M movement was the most significant social mobilisation against neo-liberal policies in Spain. Given the diversity of actions, campaigns, groups and messages involved in this movement, there is great controversy about its consistence, duration and outcomes. However, it is widely recognised that the movement against the evictions of foreclosure houses (PAH) has been among those more benefitted by the wave of uprisings unleashed by the M15 movement. In this paper I investigate to what extent there are other urban movements that have been developed within the 15M or that have been expanded due to the new context of mobilisation created by the 15M movement. What are the features of these urban movements? Are they converging or diverging in respect to anti-neoliberal actions? Hence, I take into account, mainly, the struggles for the public space, occupations of houses, campaigns against the privatisation of hospitals and protests against cuts in the public education system. I argue, firstly, that these urban movements were crucial in the dynamics of the 15M but completely different from similar ones in previous periods, if any, due to the new context. Secondly, I identify the various ways experimented by these urban movements while performing autonomy and hybridisation in relation to both State institutions and to other social movements.
(Photo: Olmo Calvo - Diagonal Periodico