Platform cooperativism and popular solidarity urbanization: emancipatory attempts in the reactionary urban conjuncture

Authors: Felipe Magalhaes*, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Topics: Urban Geography, Economic Geography, Latin America
Keywords: social movements, popular economies, solidarity economy, popular urbanization
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 31
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The Brazilian urban condition has been witnessing new rounds of old tensions between opposing forces, with potential important consequences in sociospatial becomings. On the one hand, the spread of bolsonarismo, evangelical churches playing the role of the State, militias strengthening their territorial control, police violence sanctioned by the judiciary. On the other, the continuity of the new cycle of struggles, the advancement of social movements in the promotion of intersectional encounters, the strengthening of the decolonial perspective in political praxis, the debating of marooning as an emancipatory project for these times. While the far-right government gains legitimacy in the urban peripheries with the first experience of universal basic income in the country, it promotes the uberization of work and seeks to privatize basic services. In the foreground of such dynamics, urban popular economies become spaces of resistance, by promoting ways of leaving and avoiding the ultra-exploited work of platform capitalism, creating new potential manners of organizing work in cooperative formats. This occurs through the mobilization of the same technologies that allow the expansion of platforms, in conjunction with the entry of the “right to the popular economy” agenda in the scope of new urban movements. The urban produced in these struggles is a form of “popular urbanization” that tends to be repressed, as it creates real possibilities for alternatives to low-paid work, whose overcoming of this heteronomous condition would point towards a practice of “solidary urbanization” as a response from the peripheries to the authoritarian upsurge in their territories.

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