Juventud Sin Futuro: Subjective experiences of Spanish youth: resistance and organization in the context of economic crisis

Paulina Trejo Mendez

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Abstract

This paper looks at the subjective experiences of Spanish organized youth who
are being affected by the economic crisis. This paper follows a standpoint
epistemology. This research focuses on how their practices question the
current dominant discourse depicting today’s Spanish youth as a “lost
generation”. Theory on generation is used in order to denote the problematic
idea of trying to identify today what can only be defined (in the future). Ideas
from anarchist politics and autonomous movements are used to explore
Spanish youth current ways of organizing and making politics. Post-
structuralist theory is used to explore the influence of discourses in
constructing reality. The theories used, together with the stories collected
through fieldwork invite us to: First, consider other realities and possibilities of
future. Specifically the ones that don’t follow the dominant way of being
economically developed. Second, move from the event that defines a cohort
(economic crisis) in order to focus on the experiences of those who are being
affected by it. Finally, look at the ways these youth are resisting and organizing,
creating alternatives within the context of economic crisis
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages53
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number581
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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