Present Futures: Utopia, Prefiguration and Their Meaning in the Refugee Struggle
Protest culture in the refugee struggle of the last decade often times focuses on the participation possibilities of refugees. In Germany since 2010 we have seen a wave of horizontally organized refugee self-organized struggles and urban camps, in which the enactment of human rights have been claimed and alternative network structures have been built. The values of human rights and solidarity embedded in these practices often times transcend the exclusive logic of the nation-state.
At the ISA 2016 session on “Social Movements and the Future they want?” I will present some empirical findings on solidarity networks where monetary and non-monetary resources are being shared as common goods. On the premise of a Grounded Theory-approach I will thereby theorize on the role of prefiguration and utopia in the enactment of a cosmopolitan solidarity. The research is part of my PhD-project on alternative refugee accommodation in Germany and Greece.