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The Passage from Hierarchy to Horizontality: The Self-managed Factory of Vio.Me, Greece

Haris Malamidis

Through fieldwork research conducted in Vio.Me between January and April 2014 and in July 2015, this article examines the self-managed factory of Vio.Me in Greece, one of the
most popular examples of these alternative forms of resistance during anti-austerity mobilizations in the country.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018

The anti-austerity mobilizations that developed after the beginning of the economic crisis brought to the forefront the increase in self-organized, solidarity structures. One of the
most popular examples of these alternative forms of resistance is the self-managed factory of Vio.Me in Greece. After the owners abandoned the company in 2011, the Vio.Me workers occupied the factory and decided to operate it under the control of their general assembly. Through fieldwork research conducted in Vio.Me between January and April 2014 and in July 2015, this empirical inquiry examines Vio.Me’s organizational structure, its communication channels and its market environment in order to shed light on the mechanisms that enabled the passage from hierarchy to horizontality.

Malamidis, Haris. 2018. ‘The Passage from Hierarchy to Horizontality: The Self-Managed Factory of Vio.Me, Greece’. Zeitschrift Für Kultur- Und Kollektivwissenschaft 4 (1): 23–52.

https://doi.org/10.14361/zkkw-2018-040103

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16/06/2018

Martin Portos wins the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017

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Martin Portos was just awarded with the Juan J. Linz Prize to the Best thesis in Political Science 2017 with his tesis “Voicing outrage, contending with austerity. Mobilization in Spain under the Great Recession”, realized under the supervision of prof. Donatella della Porta.

18/05/2018

Donatella della Porta at the Belleuve Forum in Berlin - May 23, 2018

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On May 23rd, 2018, the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks with Donatella della Porta, Christoph Möllers and David Van Reybrouck about anti-politics, anti-establishment and the dangers of indifference to the political to address the 2018 topic of the Forum "Society without Politics - Testing Liberal Democracies".

08/04/2018

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An interview with Donatella della Porta realized by COES - Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social

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Edited Volume - 2018

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Journal Article - 2018

The Passage from Hierarchy to Horizontality: The Self-managed Factory of Vio.Me, Greece

Haris Malamidis
Through fieldwork research conducted in Vio.Me between January and April 2014 and in July 2015, this article examines the self-managed factory of Vio.Me in Greece, one of the most popular examples of these alternative forms of resistance during anti-austerity mobilizations in the country.