Interstitial practices and collective action: some readings about the festive in contexts of social protest

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    Lucas Aimar

    The aim of this work focuses on providing elements to recognize in contexts of social protest “interstitial practices” of “festive spending”. As from the relationship between certain forms of collective expression, linked to festive situations, we search to give some clues to recognize, how those protest practices works as limit to the adequacy of the social system, and allows people to make links outside the limits of the economy moral policy, ie carry out interstitial practices. To do this, first outlined the perspective from we understand collective action and protest, with special emphasis on the emotional and affective involvement of the actors. It also outlines some specific examples of where the festive collective actions constituted a Central expressive element. Subsequently, we refer to the concepts of interstitial practices and festive spending, how fertile categories to recognize and account for collective action and social protest where find “cracks” and “gaps” in the seemingly monolithic domination of neo-capitalist society colonial.

    Several authors have worked in Argentina the importance of social protest repertoires (Schuster and Pereyra, 2001; Auyero, 2002, Schuster et al., 2006; Scribano and Schuster, 2001; Scribano, 1999, 2003a; Villanueva and Massetti, 2007, to name a few) and even some of them have been working about the festive forms in colective action (cf. Auyero Alabarces 2004 and 2006). However, our interest in this paper will not focus on the analysis of repertoires of protest or the expressive resources that actors use when need visibility for your demands (cf. Boito, 2005; Scribano, 1999 and 2003b). What we will discuss here is the relationship between certain forms of collective expression: the emergence and settings of -which we call following Scribano Adrian (2009, 2011)- “interstitial practice” as modes of “festive spending” in protest contexts.

    As argued at the end of this work, take account the articulation of the festive and interstitial practices in social protests, is a central element to keep track of the disruptive potential and limits of current neocolonial domination system to absorb and pigeonhole the many colorful ways of living of the people. The reflections along these lines, intended as a small step in this direction.

    About the author:

    Lucas A. Aimar. Sociologist (UNVM) and doctoral student in UNQ. Scholarship of CONICET at the “Center for Research and Studies on Culture and Society (CIECS) at UNC. Editor and General Coordinator of Latin American Journal of Studies on Bodies, Emotions and Society, RELACES ( CIES member ( and member of Studies Program on Collective Action and Social Conflict (

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