By Maple Razsa
Bastards of Utopia, the significant other to a characteristic documentary movie of an analogous identify, explores the studies and political mind's eye of younger radical activists within the former Yugoslavia, individuals in what they name alterglobalization or "globalization from below." Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows person activists from the transnational protests opposed to globalization of the early 2000s throughout the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is either empathetic and unflinching―an engaged, based meditation at the fight to re-imagine leftist politics and the ability of a country's adolescence.
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In chapter 4, “‘Struggling for What is Not Yet’: The Right to the City in Zagreb,” I narrate activists’ efforts to establish a “Free Store” in a former factory—one of their most direct confrontations with the third of the transitions: marketization and privatization. Returning from major transnational protests with the desire to do more local organizing, a few dozen activists, operating under the name “The Network of Social Solidarity,” broke into and occupied, or “squatted,” an abandoned factory.
They belie his failure to finish secondary school and the glue sniffing of his hardest days living on the street. Perhaps giving this background too much weight, I am sometimes caught off guard by his subtle wit, keen sense of self-irony, and uncanny knowledge of Zagreb’s urban landscape. 1. Rimi silkscreens anti-Bush T-shirts at Pero’s apartment. The history of recent European protests is chronicled in the posters papering the walls behind him. Photo by author. 33 34 B A S TA R D S O F U TO P I A deems sexist, and recalls street fights with Zagreb’s football hooligans and skinheads.
17 Though the HSP recently moderated its public image in preparation for the 2003 parliamentary election campaign, Pero is not reassured. 18 Pacho, still unfamiliar with the Croatian political landscape, asks why. ” Tonight, however, there is no sign of fear. Pero works patiently at the rusted bracket, which holds the HSP party flag that, with its field of red, white, and blue and prominent red-and-white checkerboard, looks much like the national one. Pero pauses only to shift his weight from one leg to the other and to confirm with Marin that no one is coming.