By Lynn Owens
Such a lot educational stories have targeted nearly solely at the emergence of social routine, paying much less cognizance to their declines. yet as each activist understands, decline is a crucial and important interval for any mobilization. This quantity broadens and enriches social flow conception via an in depth research of the destiny of the squatters’ circulation in Amsterdam, which emerged within the overdue Seventies as a reaction to the housing scarcity of the Sixties, ultimately peaking within the early Nineteen Eighties prior to falling right into a interval of lengthy decline. writer Lynn Owens explores this decline, concentrating on the subjective event of the squatters and the tradition of decline at huge.
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If you, however, were like many of the young people in Amsterdam and sought subsidized housing, a five-year and sometimes much longer wait was not uncommon. Second, when the wait was finally over, the apartment would generally be on the city’s outskirts, far away from the city center. Third, the housing seeker must also fall into one of the accepted demographic demarcations, such as single person or family – large collectives, for instance, need not apply. For many young people looking for a place to live, these conditions were intolerable.
By doing so, they simultaneously defined the movement through the concept of radicalization, which was forever linked to the events of the Vondelstraat in the minds of squatters. That is, whether or not the Vondelstraat did indeed “change everything,” it is significant that those active in the movement understood it as such. My purpose is not to evaluate the correctness of Wietsma’s thesis, but rather to point out the types of resources she uses in her analysis. Her arguments are useful, in that she highlights how the process of emergence can become an important factor in understanding later developments.
Strategic action is complicated, far more complicated than game theorists with their prisoners’ dilemmas would have us believe. James Jasper’s work (2006) has greatly expanded our understanding of the complex nature of strategy in social action. At its heart, a social movement is an instrumental act, collective action in order to achieve a goal. Thus, strategy and strategic choices are fundamental to activism. Yet, as Jasper makes plain, strategic action is rarely simple, plagued as it is by not enough information, not enough time, and, most importantly, not enough consensus.
Cracking Under Pressure: Narrating the Decline of the Amsterdam Squatters' Movement (Solidarity and Identity) by Lynn Owens