Squatted Social Centers in London

Temporary Nodes of Resistance to Capitalism

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Author: E.T.C. Dee 1
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  • 1 Independent scholar deetc@riseup.net

This article assesses squatted social centers in London as a means to understand the cycles, contexts and institutionalization processes of the local squatters movement. This diffuse social movement had its heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s when there were 30,000 squatters and still exists today despite squatting in residential buildings being criminalized in 2012. Analysis is based on a database of 245 social centers, which are examined in terms of duration, time period, type of building and location. Important centers are briefly profiled and important factors affecting the squatters movement are examined, in particular institutionalization, gentrification, and criminalisation.

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The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

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