#Crisis of Housing: Book release “Squatting in Europe”

Squatting in Europe

The Squatting Europe Kollective edited the freshly released book “Squatting in Europe: Radical Spaces, Urban Struggles”, which offers a radical but simple solution to the crises of housing, homelessness, and the lack of social space that mark contemporary society: occupying empty buildings and rebuilding lives and communities in the process. Squatting has a long and complex history, interwoven with the changing and contested nature of urban politics over the last forty years. The book is published on Minor Compositions, which states:

Squatting in Europe aims to move beyond the conventional understandings of squatting, investigating its history in Europe over the past four decades. Historical comparisons and analysis blend together in these inquiries into squatting in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England. In it members of SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective) explore the diverse, radical, and often controversial nature of squatting as a form of militant research and self-managed knowledge production.

Bio: Squatting Europe is a research network focusing on the squatters’
movement. Our aim is to produce reliable and fine-grained knowledge about
this movement not only as an end in itself, but also as a public resource,
especially for squatters and activists. Critical engagement and
comparative approaches are the bases of our project. The group is an open
transnational collective (SQEK) whose members represent a diversity of
disciplines and fields seeking to understand the issues associated with
squats and social centres across Europe.


  • Hans Pruijt: Squatting in Europe
  • Pierpaolo Mudu: Resisting and challenging Neoliberalism: the development of Italian Social
  • Gianni Piazza: How activists make decisions within Social Centres? A comparative study in an Italian city
  • Miguel A. Martínez: The Squatters’ Movement in Spain: A Local and Global Cycle of Urban Protests
  • Claudio Cattaneo: Urban squatting, rural squatting and the ecological-economic perspective
  • Andre Holm, Armin Kuhn: Squatting and Urban Renewal: The Interaction of Squatter Movements and Strategies of Urban Restructuring in Berlin
  • Linus Owens: Have squat, will travel: How squatter mobility mobilizes squatting
  • Florence Boullon: What’s a ‘good’ squatter? Categorization’s processes of squats by government officials in France
  • Thomas Aguilera: Configurations of Squats in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region: diversity of goals and resources
  • ETC Dee: Moving towards criminalisation and then what? Examining dominant discourses on squatting in England

278 pages, 6×9
US: $24 / UK: £16
ISBN 978-1-57027-257-8
Release date Fall 2013

Available directly from Minor Compositions for £10

A free download pdf is online at:

Squatting Europe Kollective


About birgitstoeckl

gender & communication expert, researcher, networker, activist.
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