Love, activism, and the possibility of radical social change in Mostar

Giulia Carabelli

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This article reflects on the meanings and possibilities of social change in Mostar, a city more often associated with the seeming impossibility of eradicating ethno-national divisions and corruption that paralyses it. It focuses on the under-researched politics of grassroots activism by drawing on Hardt’s and Negri’s work on the political potential of ‘love’ to shape and propel radical politics. Overall, the article reveals the lack of a cohesive agenda of grassroots politics in Mostar, and asks whether love (that creates and sustains political movement) can educate, patiently, to the revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-196
JournalSpace and Polity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2019


  • grassroots activism
  • social change
  • love
  • Mostar
  • divided cities


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