The Zad and NoTAV: Territorial Struggles and the Making of a New Political Intelligence (Paperback)
Special Order - may be out of print
Vivid account and reflection on two struggles that are at the heart of the contestation of neoliberal technocracy and the state
At a time of ever more accelerated and expanded development of natural and agricultural territory, in the aim of making targeted areas more profitable and controllable, there are inhabitants who oppose these projects with a firm, unwavering NO. This is the case in Notre-Dame-des-Landes in western France and in the Italian Susa Valley, where decades-long battles have been mounted against high-speed transport infrastructure, an airport for one, and a high-speed train (TAV) between Lyon and Turin for the other.
Each of these struggles embodies, with its own distinct style, original ways of merging life with combat. And they do so to such a degree that they are redesigning today the future of their respective regions and awakening immense hope outside of their own territories.
This book recounts these two histories-in-the-making and gives voice to their protagonists. It was born of the intuition that these experiences and the hypotheses that emerge from them should circulate at the same time as the slogans and the enthusiasm, to strengthen the will to resist.
About the Author
The Mauvaise Troupe Collective is a writing group of variable size that was formed on the occasion of composing Constellations: Trajectoires révolutionnaires du jeune 21e siècle in 2014. The collective attempts to write the immediate history of political struggles in the words of their protagonists, and in the heat of action. It also published Défendre la zad in 2016, available in English.
Kristin Ross is a professor of comparative literature at New York University. She is the author of numerous books, including Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture and May ’68 and its Afterlives.
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