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Author Owens, Lynn, 1970-

Title Cracking under pressure : narrating the decline of the Amsterdam squatters' movement / Lynn Owens.

Published University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [2009]


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 UniM Bail  307.336409492 OWEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-286) and index.
Contents 1. Radicalization: the birth of the squatters' movement -- 2. Luck runs out -- 3. Holiday Inn, Wijers out -- 4. Death in the movement, death of the movement -- 5. The end: now, near, or never?
Summary "What goes up must come down, and social movements are no exception to this rule. Most academic studies have focused almost exclusively on the emergence of movements, paying less attention to their decline. But decline is an important, and active, period for any mobilization, as all activists know. This book broadens and enriches social movement theory through a close investigation of the fate of the squatters' movement in Amsterdam. Responding to the housing shortage of the 1960s, the movement emerged in the late 1970s, peaked in the early 1980s, and then fell into a period of prolonged decline. Lynn Owens explores how movements decline, focusing on the subjective experience and culture of decline. Activists use narratives of decline to give meaning to events and to manage the emotions of participants as they negotiate the complex relationships between culture and politics in the movement. Activist stores define and defend the movement while it struggles with the contradictions of decline."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Social movements -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam.
Housing -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam.
Netherlands -- Social conditions -- 1945-
ISBN 9780271034621 (cloth : alk. paper)
0271034629 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780271034638 (paperback: alk. paper)
0271034637 (paperback: alk. paper)
9789089640598 (Amsterdam Univ. Press)
9089640592 (Amsterdam Univ. Press)
9789048506446 (Amsterdam Univ. Press eISBN)
9048506441 (Amsterdam Univ. Press eISBN)