By Maple Razsa
Bastards of Utopia, the better half to a function documentary movie of an analogous identify, explores the stories and political mind's eye of younger radical activists within the former Yugoslavia, members in what they name alterglobalization or "globalization from below." Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows person activists from the transnational protests opposed to globalization of the early 2000s during the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is either empathetic and unflinching―an engaged, dependent meditation at the fight to re-imagine leftist politics and the ability of a country's formative years.
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The Slovenes with whom I worked were largely inspired by the militant legacy and theoretical innovation of Operaismo (or Workerism), the autonomous and nonparty Marxist movement that was especially strong in 1970s Italy and was revitalized in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In Croatia, on the contrary, the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s was much more violent and the anticommunism more pronounced—any affiliation with Marxism was stigmatized. While anarchism has come to have a powerful grip on the leftist imagination since the end of the Cold War, even usurping the place that Marxism held for the radicals of the 1960s (Epstein 2001; Graeber 2002), it was nonetheless unusual that nearly all of Zagreb’s radicals drew on the anarchist tradition (Razsa 2008).
11 Video is as important to the representation of my fieldwork as written ethnography. Drawing on two hundred hours of video shot over seven years, I codirected and edited Bastards of Utopia (Razsa and Velez 2010), about everyday life and radical politics in Zagreb. More subtly, working in video encouraged me to be attentive to forms of observation I might have otherwise neglected. Often, anthropologists listen for the discursive—for our informants’ words—to the detriment of our other senses (Taylor 1996).
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