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Collective subjects and political mobilization in the public space: Towards a multitude capable of generating transformative practices

Simone Belli and Cristian López Raventós
From the journal Human Affairs

Abstract

During the last twenty years in Latin America, there has been a rise in governments drawn from self-defining progressive political currents. Consequently a revitalization is underway of the debate on the viability, pertinence, and characteristics of the welfare state in the twenty-first century. In this context, the present article explores emerging social practices that redefine the various senses of the public space; practices that go beyond nation states, situated in a global territoriality, articulating languages and eliciting emotions capable of producing new socialities. The multitude is discussed as a social subject capable of generating transformative practices. Specifically, the article analyzes the way in which the singularities of occupations raise further questions for nation states. The analysis focuses on global movements such as #Occupy camping out on squares.

Acknowledgements

The work presented here was supported by “Union Iberoamericana de Universidades 2019” (ref. UCM-14-2019) and by “Atracción de Talento (Modalidad 1), Comunidad de Madrid” (ref.2018-T1/SOC-10409).

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