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City is Ours, The : Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present Paperback – 21 Aug 2014

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: PM PRESS (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604866837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604866834
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"One of the best books on squatting in the English language. An immensely useful, wide-ranging, and insightful book about a fascinating part of radical history." Andrej Grubacic, coauthor, "Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History""

"This is a wonderful and important book. It makes key contributions to how we should think about squatting as well as how we should think about the best way to study social movements. Insightful, provocative, and educational, it provides a broad spectrum of cases and perspectives on squatter movements in Europe." Lynn Owens, author, "Cracking under Pressure: Narrating the Decline of the Amsterdam Squatters' Movement""

"The women and men who organized and occupied the squats in this movement believed that one could change the greater world by intentionally changing the nature of their own daily lives to lives that emphasized anti-capitalist and communitarian values." Ron Jacobs, counterpunch.org"

"The collection is valuable both for the information it provides on this important social-political movement from the late 1960s to the present day and as an example of 'committed scholarship' no attempt is made to understand or justify the legal (or moral) claims of property owners and developers." T.R. Weeks, "CHOICE""

"A fascinating mosaic of urban squatting and autonomous politics in Europe since the 1970s." Geoff Eley, networks.h-net.org"

About the Author

Bart van der Steen completed his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, where he studied the squatter and autonomous movements in Amsterdam and Hamburg during the 1980s. Ask Katzeff is a researcher at the University of Copenhagen, where he focuses on the interaction between urban development and squatting in Europe from the 1970s onward. Leendert van Hoogenhuijze is the coeditor of the Dutch socialist annual "Kritiek." George Katsiaficas is a longtime activist for peace and justice who has twice been granted Fulbright fellowships. He is the author or editor of 11 books, including "The Imagination of the New Left"; "Latino Social Movements: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives"; "Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party"; "The Subversion of Politics"; and "Vietnam Documents: American and Vietnamese Views." He lives in the Boston area. Geronimo is the pen name of an activist for the German autonomous movement. He is the author of "Fire and Flames: A History of the German Autonomist Movement."


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Very interesting book, one of the few historical take on squatting in Europe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting history, light on academic orientation 28 Jan. 2017
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This was an interesting read. It got a bit tedious, as it was a collection of histories - there were a lot of similarities. As an academic, I would have liked a stronger use of theory throughout, but that's just my personal leaning. It's a good record of the movement.
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