GREEN RESISTANCE OR REPRODUCTION OF NEOLIBERAL POLITICS?

in Ethnologia Europaea
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Saša Poljak Istenič Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts sasa.poljak@zrc-sazu.si

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The article presents an ethnographic study of grassroots green resistance practices to neoliberalism and the visions of (a) more sustainable future(s) in the City of Ljubljana. It analyzes the acts and discourses of local alternative (anarchist) and mainstream (“creative”) communities that oppose cultural and spatial policies at the municipal, national and EU levels. Their practices raise concerns about the instrumentalization of basic human activities and grassroots initiatives as well as NGOs’ new responsibilities previously in domain of the state. Most of them get appropriated by the City in order to prove how it successfully abides by the neoliberal politics of the EU and therefore result in reproducing the system they oppose while communities are stripped of their power for effective resistance.

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