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PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)

Research supervisors: Dr Ana Dinerstein, University of Bath; Prof. Bridget Anderson, University of Bristol

 

PhD project overview

Reinventing class politics: exploring feminist and decolonial currents in Barcelona’s new "social unionism”

My research explores Mezzadra and Neilson’s (2013) "multiplication of labour" thesis via militant ethnographic enquiry alongside Barcelona’s present-day experiments in “sindicalismo social” (social unionism).

My research investigates the precise relationships between three major and inter-connected expressions of the post-2008 social movement cycle in Barcelona:

1) Amidst generalising precarity, a resurgent materialist politics expressing emergent social subjectivities that break from traditional working-class identities and their exclusions. In particular, the re-articulation of social reproduction as a sphere of class politics, via struggles over housing, care work and the public sector; and via new forms of "sindicalismo social", including housing assemblies and unions, new self-organised labour unions in highly deregulated, often feminised and racialised sectors neglected by mainstream unions, and the revitalisation of mainstream unions via social movement alliances

2) The assertion of the politics of race, coloniality, gender and sexuality, and its relationship to the gendering, racialisation and bordering of contemporary class relations under hetero-patriarchal capitalist coloniality

3) The territorial and spatial dimension – that is, struggles over the production of space in, against and beyond austerity urbanism. For example, via the mobilisation of the neighbourhood and municipal scales, or around strategic, spatial circuits of financialised value accumulation such as property and tourism

In so doing, I mobilise and develop decolonial (Quijano 2000; Mezzadra and Neilson 2013; Dinerstein 2015), feminist (Bhattacharya 2017; Dalla Costa and James 1972; Federici 2012) and spatial (Clare 2018; Gray 2018a; Gray 2018b) perspectives within minor marxisms (Bailey et al. 2018).

I’m committed to collective knowledge production using militant, participatory action, decolonial and feminist research methods and epistemologies.

Background

My social justice work includes:

  • CERTA Level 2 Award in Community Organising, Community CoLab, Bristol
  • Member, ACORN community and tenants’ union, 2017-present
  • Human rights observer, Mexico, Peace Brigades International (PBI), 2015-2016, and CAPISE, 2007
  • Coordinator, Manchester Mule citizen journalism project, 2011-2012
  • Freelance Researcher, Cooperative College, Manchester, 2010
  • Editor, Shift Magazine, 2010-2013
  • Political organiser, various collectives including Plan C, 2007-present on issues including: precarity and workplace, social welfare and services, race and migration, climate change, education, housing.
  • Founding member, Plan B Housing Cooperative and community resource centre, 2009-2013

Academic positions held

  • Founding member of SWDTP Standing Seminar in Critical Theory (2018-present)
  • Member of SWDTP student-led Participatory Action Research group (2017-18)
  • Committee member of South West Research Cooperative (2017-18)

Publications

Hooker, J. (2020) Militant research and the epistemologies of pandemic segregation. Antipode Interventions [online]. Available at: https://antipodeonline.org/2020/08/06/militant-research-and-the-epistemologies-of-pandemic-segregation/ (last accessed 1 August 2020)

Hooker, J. (2019) ‘Crisis, revolt and geographies of coloniality’. Review of Neoliberalism from below: popular pragmatics and baroque economies, by Verónica Gago. Dialogues in Human Geography. 

Hooker, J. (ed.), 2012. Creating commonwealth and cracking capitalism: a cross-reading (Part II). An exchange between Michael Hardt and John Holloway. Shift Magazine, 15, pp. 20-24. Available at: https://libcom.org/library/creating-commonwealth-cracking-capitalism-cross-reading-part-ii-john-holloway-michael-ha (accessed 31 January 2019) 

Hooker, J. (ed.), 2012. Creating commonwealth and cracking capitalism: a cross-reading (Part I). Shift Magazine, 14, pp. 13-17. Available at: https://libcom.org/library/creating-common-wealth-cracking-capitalism-cross-reading-part-i (accessed 31 January 2019) 

Hooker, J. (ed.), 2011. An interview with John Holloway. Shift Magazine, 13, pp. 18-22. Available at: https://libcom.org/library/interview-john-holloway (accessed 23 January 2017) 

Hooker, J. [pseudonym Jay Hooper], 2011. 'Occupy! Manchester is based on this desire to rediscover “direct action as a popular political form”: An interview with an organiser of Occupy Manchester', Shift Magazine, 1 September [online]. Available at:  https://libcom.org/library/%E2%80%9Coccupy-manchester-based-desire-rediscover-direct-action-popular-political-form%E2%80%9D-intervi (accessed 23 January 2017)

Education/Academic qualification

MRes Social Research Methods, University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Oct 2018

MSc Environmental Governance, University of Manchester

Award Date: 31 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • crisis
  • austerity
  • urban space
  • emergent social subjectivities
  • precarity
  • community organising
  • the politics of autonomy
  • municipalism
  • Barcelona
  • activist research
  • decoloniality
  • feminism
  • critical theory

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