Kropotkin-19: A Mutual Aid Response to COVID-19 in Athens

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The current health crisis, triggered by the spread of COVID-19, has mobilized activist groups and individuals within social movements worldwide to respond with actions of solidarity and mutual aid. In Greece, during the lockdown between March and May 2020, several mutual aid initiatives emerged in Athens to offer support to those who needed it. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this paper traces the emergence of Kropotkin-19, a mutual aid initiative in the central neighborhood of Exarcheia, that has provided food, essential goods, and legal and psychological support to families and individuals. The paper offers insight into how a preestablished solidarity network has “mutated” in response to the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing several long-term and emerging crises. The paper concludes that affective infrastructures are integral to the vision of radical social change in a post-COVID world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-78
Number of pages15
JournalDesign and Culture
Issue number1
Early online date19 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • multiple crises
  • mutual aid
  • COVID-19
  • solidarity networks
  • social movements
  • care
  • affective infrastructures
  • Athens


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