Social Centres and the New Cooperativism of the Common

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* Article: Social Centres and the New Cooperativism of the Common, Andre Pusey. Affinities Journal, Vol 4, No 1 (2010)



"In recent years a network of self-managed social centres has been spreading across the UK and further afield. They take their inspiration from an array of previous experiments in autonomous space, including the centri sociali in Italy and the Autonome squats of Germany and the Netherlands. This article looks at several examples of social centres, based on interviews and online responses with participants, as well as the author’s own involvement in social centres. At the heart of these spaces are principles of autonomy and collective struggle. This article argues that they represent examples of the production of “new commons,” and as such are an important demonstration of self-management and the “new cooperativism” in practice."