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Ian Goodyer

of participation in rank and file movements. But whatever the underlying reasons, Frith and Street feel that ‘RAR’s most important achievement was to provide a model (and a name) for local activities that were put on without any reference to the central organization at all.’64 Arguments certainly did arise between the different participants within RAR, but it is hard to find any compelling evidence of systematic political interference from the SWP. It is clear that suspicion towards both RAR and revolutionary socialists was fairly widespread, since many punks

in Crisis music
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Revisiting the epistemology of anarchist movements
Dana M. Williams

imperfectly. For example, political opportunity theory, while centrally concerned with state-based opportunities, is still moderately relevant to anti-state movements, although anarchists use these opportunities in different ways and for different purposes in their mobilization efforts. Countries with greater opportunities and rights have more anarchist organizations. More specifically, anarchists’ fortunes tended to swing opposite of the Marxist-Leninist left’s fortunes, anarchists are helped by the presence of outside allies as diverse as labor unions and punk rock scenes

in Black flags and social movements
Homes Not Jails, urban squatting, and gentrification
Sean Parson

-class in the United States tend to follow. In a conversation with my friend Joel Olson, at a conference hotel bar, we jokingly discussed the cycle of modern urban gentrification. It starts with squats, infoshops, and punks, who will live anywhere they can get BOLT CUTTERS AND THE POLITICS OF EXPROPRIATION 101 away with. To many anarchists the authenticity of living and having an infoshop in a historically non-white and working class neighborhood also makes it a more radical act. Before long, the numbers of white punks make the area seem edgy, cool, and unique

in Cooking up a revolution
Anarchism as a unique example
Dana M. Williams

Workers of the World, just as the punk movement regularly introduces music fans to anarchist themes, projects, and scenes – the Red and Anarchist Skin Heads and Anarchist Youth Federation have been two organized examples of this anarcho-punk relationship, although punk’s influence has been even broader (see Cogan 2007; O’Connor 2003b). A variety of small spaces give anarchists places to live, work, and interact, including many intentional communities, housing cooperatives, unofficial squats, infoshops (similar to, but also different from, European social centers), and

in Black flags and social movements
A micro-structural analysis
Dana M. Williams

(38 percent), liberalism (35 percent), and the Green Party (32 percent). Other crucial identifiers can be noted from the Big Anarchist Survey, such as the 38 percent who stated that they were also part of a separate subculture. Of the anarchist respondents who were also members of a subculture, 45 percent identified as punks and 10 percent as hippies. Twelve percent of all survey respondents stated that they were active participants in punk subculture – and surely, many other respondents were former punks (or punks not active in punk subculture). Hippie

in Black flags and social movements
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The autonomous life?
Nazima Kadir

Every Saturday night for thirty years, the renowned Vrankrijk, a squatters’ social center, has hosted a dance party which attracts a mix of squatters, punks, artists, radical left activists, hippies, university students, and tourists seeking to taste the underground scene in Amsterdam. Located on a beautiful street in the inner city, the building is enormous, standing four-stories tall, its facade covered by colorful murals in stark contrast to the eighteenth-century dollhouse architectural landscape of

in The autonomous life?
New youth activism
Ljubica Spaskovska

, Sounds, and we travelled there –​myself for the first time in 1974, then in 1979, etc … It was also the other way around –​the first article on Slovenian punk was in Melody Maker by Chris Bohn in 1980 or so. Vidmar was Chris Bohn’s guide and intepreter when Bohn visited Yugoslavia at the beginning of 1980, a visit which was summarised in a two-​page article entitled ‘Non-​aligned punk’.15 This was one of the first articles to correctly position the country and its youth in geopolitical terms –​throughout the 1970s both New Musical Express and Melody Maker persistently

in The last Yugoslav generation
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Keith Laybourn and John Shepherd

his PhD on British communism. Matthew Worley’s essay offers Wrigley.indb 10 08/03/2017 17:45:34 Introduction 11 a fascinating insight into how the CPGB and the Young Communist League sought to engage with punk music at a time when the party was losing member­ship rapidly, in the decade or so before the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Stimulated by the writings of Martin Jacques, and other prominent members of the CPGB, the attempt to embrace the anti-commercial music establishment of the emerging youth culture in the 1970s led to

in Labour and working-class lives
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If it is not mysterious, it is not social theory
Marcel Stoetzle

‘contradiction’. Voilà : theory. Every social theory ‘makes some propositions which are counter to our immediate experiences and beliefs, and this is, in fact, the way in which we learn from them’. Craib uses the following two examples: The punk might believe that she is in full rebellion against the culture of her parents and authority, yet for the functionalist theorist she is setting in motion a series of adjustments by means of which that culture and society continue to survive in a smoother-running way than before. The worker might believe she is getting a

in Beginning classical social theory
Éirígí and RNU
Paddy Hoey

Irishness. It subverted symbols of Irish identity previously used to drive tourism, and this was achieved by co-opting cultural influences from punk rock. Famous twentieth-century Guinness advertising was retooled to make critical points about the EU by means of Situationist détournement and co-option. Guerrilla marketing activist strategies re-imagined the accepted modes of the Irish commercial aesthetic and were redeployed to make alternative republican statements. Before this, the party showed its adroitness in repackaging media products for its own propaganda aims. In

in Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters