IP01
Forced collaborations: collective responsibility and unequal sacrifice in a Europe in crisis

Convenors:
Jaime Palomera (Universitat de Barcelona)
Manos Spyridakis (University of Peloponnese)
Theodora Vetta (Universitat de Barcelona)
Discussant:
Susana Narotzky (Universitat de Barcelona)
Location:
A-121
Start time:
31 July, 2014 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

We invite theoretically informed ethnographies that address practices of forced and unequal collaborations in various spheres of society and at different scales. The aim is to unpack the forms of domination, dispossession and struggle that these collaborations support.

Long abstract:

Since the escalation of the "crisis" in Southern Europe there is a dominant moral discourse that underpins accelerated forms of dispossession. This discourse stresses collective responsibility for the crisis and asks people to "collaborate" by making sacrifices. Taking this as a point of departure, we will focus on the concrete forced collaborations to adjustment policies and declining entitlements that emerge in various spheres and at different scales. We invite theoretically informed ethnographic cases that unpack the power relations within this 'collaborative' frame in order to reveal different forms of domination, the (re)production of inequalities, and the reconfiguring of legitimacy. Possible questions that might be addressed include: • What kinds of political and economic projects are framed as collaborations? • How are they linked with wider processes of distribution and political economy logics? • How is legitimacy produced or enforced by political and economic institutions? • What forms of inequality are (re)produced by such collaborations and how are they maintained? • What kind of collaborative projects get promoted and which are silenced or repressed, and by whom? • What alternative collaborations and solidarities emerge from such contexts of dispossession?