Neoliberalism out of joint: Activists and inactivists in London’s social centres

Peter Conlin

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The article examines neoliberalism’s impact on forms of subjectivity by looking at social centres (squatted activist community centres) in London from 2007 to 2009. With a focus on issues related to temporality, it explores the concept of outmodedness understood as a temporal misalignment away from the pacings required by neoliberalism. This is examined not only in terms of objects and spaces proper to social centres, but most importantly through a possible recomposition of the subject in this setting. Resistance to neoliberal norms through a particular experience of outmodedness is seen as ambivalent, leading to a possible immobilization of the subject and yet also towards non-capitalist modes of experience
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-287
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2014


  • neoliberalism
  • Activism
  • urbanism
  • Self-Organization
  • surrealism
  • outmodedness


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