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Rising up against the subordination of life in Barcelonès: an ethnography of the struggle of the afectadas for a future without debt chains
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The collapse of the Spanish real-estate market in 2007-8, and the colossal destruction of jobs it provoked, put an abrupt end to a decade-long model of growth, which was based on the construction and tourism industries as its primary motors as well as on the massive indebtedness of the labouring masses. In the severe economic downturn that ensued, a social conflict appeared: on the one side, the many indebted people forming the movement of the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH) and, on the other side, the financial industry. This study offers an ethnographic account of the aforementioned conflict as it unfolds in the precarious reality of Barcelona and Santa Coloma de Gramenet, with a particular emphasis on the experience and struggle of the affected persons. The argument advanced is that the main predicament of the debt conflict is the subordination of life processes to the imperatives of financial accumulation; a situation enabled by a specific constellation of forces, involving the successive governments of Spain, the financial elite, the police, and the courts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 96 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 63
Keyword [en]
precariousness, subordination, life process, constellation of forces
National Category
Social Anthropology Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-276767DiVA: diva2:903456
Subject / course
Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2016-02-16 Created: 2016-02-15 Last updated: 2016-02-16Bibliographically approved

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