By Bart van der Steen, Knud Andresen
During the early Eighties, huge elements of Europe have been swept with riots and formative years revolts. Radicalised youngsters occupied structures and clashed with the police in towns akin to Zurich, Berlin and Amsterdam, whereas in nice Britain and France, 'migrant' youths protested fiercely opposed to their underprivileged place and police brutality. used to be there a hyperlink among the formative years revolts in numerous eu towns, and if this is the case, how have been they attached and the way did they impact one another? those questions are valuable during this quantity.
This e-book covers case stories from international locations in either japanese and Western Europe and focuses not just on political events corresponding to squatting, but additionally on political subcultures akin to punk, in addition to the interplay among them. In doing so, it's the first historic assortment with a transnational and interdisciplinary point of view on early life, early life revolts and social activities within the 1980s.
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With crisis symptoms thus weakened, even activists ‘felt that they did not have the same reasons to employ confrontational and militant strategies as activists in other parts of Europe did’. When the economy started to stagnate in the mid-1980s and politics made a conservative turn, however, a radical movement did emerge and soon grew similar to the autonomist movements in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. In their contribution on Italy, Pierpaolo Mudu and Gianni Piazza emphasize the extent of repression after 1977 as a main reason why Italy did not face large youth mobilizations in 1980–81.
Koopmans, quoted in D. della Porta, Social Movements, Political Violence and the State, p. 53. M. Mazower (2000) Dark Continent: Europe’s Twentieth Century (New York: Vintage), pp. 327–59; T. Judt (2005) Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (New York: Penguin), pp. 453–635. F. de Vries (2006) Club Risiko: De Jaren Tachtig Toen en Nu (Amsterdam: Nijgh en Van Ditmar); Subcultures Network (eds) (2015) Fight Back: Punk, Politics and Resistance (Manchester: Manchester University Press). Anders, ‘Wohnraum, Freiraum, Widerstand’, pp.
Rather, research commissions – installed by various governments to assess the characteristics and threat level of the renewed youth protests – aimed at understanding the youth revolts and interpreting them as stimuli for policy change. This was very clear in the Swiss case that Jan Hansen analyses in this volume. Focusing on the Swiss Youth Commission and its Introduction 17 programmatic ‘Theses on the Youth Revolt’, he shows that the commission concentrated not so much on the actions of the protesting youths, but on perceived structural faults in society.