Chiara Cacciotti

Opening is power. Notes on the passage from cratophobia to cratophilia in the Roman housing movement Action

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Keywords: Squatting, Social Movements, Power Relations, Theories of Sovereignty, Militant Ethnography.

This paper reflects upon two different ways of relating to and analyzing power by the squatting movements in Rome. Starting from the assumption that religion can be the source of power and not a Durkheimian «staging» of it, the article shows and contextualizes the differences between movements here defined as cratophobic or cratophiliac starting from an ethnographic case dated back in 2019 in Rome, when the Pope’s almsgiver restored electricity to a squatted building (Santa Croce/Spin Time Labs) after the power supply had been cut off.

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