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How can the convergence of multiple cascading crises create a broader disruptive reality of ‘polycrisis’ in society?
How do specific social groups and communities develop purposeful responses to the distinctive forms of insecurity and suffering generated by an enduring polycrisis?
Through an exploration of multiple types of crises in a variety of geographical settings in Europe and the United Kingdom, the chapters compiled in this book offer fresh insight into how particular groups of people work to combat polycrises ‘from below’.
Cumulatively, the chapters offer an interdisciplinary look at the notion of ‘crisis’ by considering how multiple kinds of crisis (ecology, health, economy, democracy, spirituality, etc.) intersect in concrete social settings to produce localized situations of polycrisis characterized by distinctive ‘geometries’ of crises within crises.
The book’s first segment offers some novel conceptual approaches to the inter-disciplinary study of crisis politics ‘from below’.
The second part offers a thematically cohesive series of case studies that shed light on the question of how different sets of actors in particular settings across Europe and the United Kingdom have engaged with entrenched polycrisis.
The cases range from single mothers, migrants and gentrifying neighbourhoods on the one hand to social movement activists and new age spiritualist groups on the other.
Maastricht, June 2023
Kai Heidemann (editor) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University College Maastricht in the Netherlands.
Table of contents and contributors
A NOTE ON THE YORK-MAASTRICHT PARTNERSHIP
Katherine Benson, University of York
INTRODUCTION: GEOMETRIES OF CRISIS AND SOCIAL ACTION ‘FROM BELOW’
Kai Heidemann, Maastricht University
CHAPTER 1: CRISIS, TRUST, AND THE SEARCH FOR POLITICAL SECURITY
Alejandro Milcíades Peña, University of York
CHAPTER 2: A GEOMETRY OF CRISES, CRITICISM AND COLLECTIVE ACTION
René Gabriëls, Maastricht University
CHAPTER 3: A PRAGMATIC POLITICS OF THE PRESENT? MOOD AND MOTHERING IN A CONTEXT OF CRISES
Vicki Dabrowski, Liverpool Hope University
CHAPTER 4: NEIGHBOURHOODS IN TRANSITION: GENTRIFICATION, IDENTITY, AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY
Jeroen Moes and Janna Boreas, Maastricht University
CHAPTER 5: ‘A LITTLE KIND OF ISLAND’: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH INTERSECTING CRISES IN DONCASTER, ENGLAND
Thomas O’Brien and Sara de Jong, University of York
CHAPTER 6: MEANINGLESS SPIRITUALITY? THE SATSANG NETWORK AS A GRASSROOTS RESPONSE TO THE MODERN WESTERN CRISIS OF MEANING
Dave Vliegenthart, Maastricht University
CHAPTER 7: FROM MIGRANT CRISIS TO MIGRANT CRITIQUE: AFFIRMATIVE SABOTAGE AND THE RIGHT CLAIMS OF AFGHANS EMPLOYED BY WESTERN ARMIES
Sara de Jong, University of York
CHAPTER 8: ESTONIA’S PATRIOTISMS IN CRISIS: THE CASE OF THE SOCIAL MOVEMENT ‘MY ESTONIA TOO’
Inge Melchior and Jeroen Moes, Maastricht University
CHAPTER 9: INTERSECTING PLANES OF CRISIS: GEOMETRICS OF CRISES AND THE CLIMATE CATASTROPHE IN EXTINCTION REBELLION RHETORIC
Peter Gardner, University of York and Tiago Carvalho, Lisbon University Institute