A city is more than a backdrop for the lives of its inhabitants. Zagreb’s roads, billboards, transit systems, and markets offer glimpses of a changing urban landscape. Read More
Anarchist daily life frequently intersects with the emerging consumer landscape of hypermarkets. Activists engage the world around them in a transnational manner, with styles, tactics, and organizing methods borrowed from around the world. Cunningham (2000) suggests globalization is a process of identity construction in which individuals, using the rhetorical and symbolic resources available to them, come to constitute their actions and social worlds as global.
But these activists also live their politics within a specific Croatian context. What’s compelling about their activism (the way they physically engage the urban landscape around them) is that it tells a story from below of the transition to capitalism in Zagreb and Croatia more broadly…in their actions you get a portrait of just how much and how quickly life has changed in so few years. After the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, perhaps nowhere else on earth was the triumphalism of neoliberalism’s market orthodoxy more strident than in Eastern Europe.