Mobilizing for a ‘Europe from below’: network, territory, and place in the anti-austerity Blockupy movement

Bjarke Skærlund Risager*

*Corresponding author

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In March 2015, the anti-austerity movement, Blockupy, protested the inauguration of the ECB's new premises. This article explores Blockupy's construction of a sociospatial imaginary of a ‘Europe from below’. The article: (1) analyses the construction of the transnational Blockupy network, (2) compares the territory of the elite's austerity Eurozone with that of a different ‘Europe from below’, and (3) shows how the ECB premises have been the central place of European austerity and protest. This approach supplements recent debates on multispatiality, and shifts the lens used to analyse crises from a structural one to one emphasizing ongoing politicization ‘from below’.
TidsskriftSpace and Polity
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)67-85
Antal sider19
StatusUdgivet - 2 jan. 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • austerity
  • crisis
  • ECB
  • Europe
  • Social movements
  • spatial imaginary

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