Re-politicizing the everyday life: illegal migrants and radical urban movements building (food) autonomy and self-defense structures in the city of Athens, Greece.

Authors: Ines Morales-Bernardos*,
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Social Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology
Keywords: Athens, autonomy, mestizo autonomous spaces, politics of everyday life, radical food geographies
Session Type: Paper


Contributing to re-politicize the everyday life, creating "mestizo" autonomous spaces, and giving continuity to historical class, anti-fascist and anti-racist struggles since the 90s, migrants together with urban movements are constructing radical food geographies in Athens since 2015. The arrival of thousands of migrants in the hurt centre of the city since 2015, has led to create new mutual solidarities covering both material and emotional needs. Thus, they led to propose new forms of organizing and maintaining lives in the city re-constructing the food autonomy in the everyday life and re-weding the city with the countryside. After two-year (2015-2017) ethnographic research, by exploring the new food geography we aim to analyse the new socio-spatiality and political grammar proposed by the mutual solidarites between migrants and urban movements. Futhermore, whether by navigating between anti-racist and anti-fascist struggles and by the building of collective kitchens, taking part in farmers markets or farming ventures in the agrarian peripheries of the city, they are exceeding the paternalistic and colonial relations reproduced by the various institutions set up to consume their vulnerabilities through food aid and donations. As well as if by the sharing of these spaces they are challenging class, gender, race and ethnic barriers among migrants and between migrants and "supporters". Thus, if as for “solidarity reasons” they are accepting new forms of organization that have no reason to accept grounding the paternalistic and colonial relations that they are willing to exceed, establishing the identities of “receiver” and “supporter” and hindering their collective emancipation.

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