Spanish Creativity and Resistance in times of Austerity and Crisis
Dr. Miguel Imas and Dr. Lucia Sell-Trujillo (Seville, 2013)
Funded by Kingston University & Santander Research Mobility Scheme
As a consequence of the financial crisis, Spaniards have had to witness profound transformations related to the austerity measures and economic scarcity. As a consequence, social conditions and relations have undergone considerable changes, to the point of transforming the outlook of the subject and eventually, the political sphere. This research engages in close participation in the everyday life of particular communities: partaking in the general assemblies organised by the 15M social movement; witnessing social and artistic actions organised by the movement flo6x8; and engaging in community life through Corralas and neighbourhood of Seville. Our preliminary ethnographies tell complex and interwoven tales of the deteriorating living conditions they are experiencing in this region, the practices developed by the communities and families to counter the discourse and measures of austerity and the capacity shown by people to generate creative strategies to supersede and combat their precarious situation.