Voluntary Illegality: Political Lawbreaking and Ideas of Citizenship in Young Activists’ Practices of Help Towards Migrants
Aiming at reflecting on the relationship between citizenship and political lawbreaking, the presentation intends to show how, in young people’s perspective, “illegal” practices of involvement becomes a mean perceived as necessary to give substance to an idea of citizenship able to put the respect of human dignity ahead to the loyalty to outdated laws.
The proposal focuses on the analysis of two case studies consisting in projects of solidarity towards migrants and asylum seekers carried out by two radical left social movements in Italy and Sweden. Both groups are composed by young people aged between 20 and 30. Subjected to harsh repression, the considered projects imply the adoption of a series of "illegal" practices of participation, such as occupation of abandoned spaces for the creation of shelters and other forms of help to "illegal" migrants. The data have been collected through ethnography and biographical interviews with young activists conducted between 2015 and 2017 within the projects Youthblocs (Horizon 2020 –MSCA) and Partispace (Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science).