Free and Real - a New Influential Movement? A Case-Study

Hans Emil Suhr Andersen, Anna-Natalia Grillis & Lev Julian Gordon

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In a case-study about “Free and Real”, this eco-community, with a project of becoming sustainable in a self-sufficient manner, is examined. The research question aimed to answer in this research is how Free and Real manifest itself as a social/political actor, and as what kind of social movement it can be perceived. This is done through an outline of the internal characteristics of Free and Real as a community as well as an analysis of Free and Real’s interaction with other actors and characteristics as a social movement. Theory about New Social Movement, Resource Mobilization, Collective Identity and Fundamental/Sectarian Movements is used in this analysis, as well as to discuss the potential power and influence of Free and Real. The findings show how Free and Real is not fully grasped within one single theory. It is more complex and nuanced than so and therefore shows features of multiple theoretical concepts, while transcending them as well. Free and Real does not participate in formal politics, nor democracy, but aim to change the way change comes about, and emphasis local authority over any other type of governance. They aim to make an ongoing project, including a sustainable school, and promote the freeconomy principals of sharing resources of all kind. Free and Real has connections within and outside Greece, and already practice freeconomy in a Greek eco-network and to some degree in the local village.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato7 jan. 2012
VejledereBjørn Thomassen


  • eco-community
  • social movement
  • collective identity
  • sustainable