Restructuring and resistance charts some of the rapid changes in social, political and economic relations which have been occurring in western European society, and the new conflicts which are emerging at the heart of these changes. The particular focus is the last twenty years of the European unification process. The book is the voice of many different people directly involved in various grassroots movement (mainly) in Western Europe.
77chapters from 15 countries chart the breakdown in social consensus which has marked western Europe in the post Second World War years, and the emergence of new challenges to the current social order which this breakdown is giving rise to. Analyses of restructuring processes and accounts of resistance are interwoven, as well as covering a number of different stories. The book is also illustrated, with a wide range of cartoons, photos, and propaganda materials.
My contribution in text and images to this publication concerns the chronology of the International Caravan of Solidarity and Resistance. In 1999, six months before the riots in Seattle for the meeting of the World Trade Organisation, five hundred Indian farmers came to Europe with people from Latin America and other countries to protest against; Globalisation, Free Trade and Global Policy Institutions, Biotechnology, Corporate Power and Militarism.
Over the thirty-day journey, 11 buses covered a total of 90.000 Km, divided into more than 216 stages including 63 direct actions, 85 public meetings, 38 farms visited and 30 parties. Meanwhile 129 articles were published in newspapers and magazines and there were dozens of TV reports. All this took place at a daily pace of two direct actions, three public meetings, one visit to a farm and one party, followed by at least four articles in the local and national press and at least one minute of a TV report by local, national and international broadcasting companies.