(2018) Socio-Spatial Structures and Protest Cycles of Squatted Social Centres in Madrid

Monday 8 January 2018, by Miguel Angel Martinez

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Martínez López, M. (2018). Socio-Spatial Structures and Protest Cycles of Squatted Social Centres in Madrid. In Martínez López, M. (Ed.). The Urban Politics of Squatters’ Movements. New York: Palgrave-McMillan, p. 25-49.


This chapter examines the trajectory of Squatted Social Centres from 1977 to 2016 within the metropolitan area of Madrid. Martínez identifies specific protest cycles and the significant political, historical, urban, economic and social contexts in each period. The data collected and its broader interpretation allow distinguishing the main landmarks in the development of the squatters’ movement. The analytical approach chosen focuses on the structural aspects of urban politics that influence the evolution of squatting, although this is not simply viewed as a mechanistic reaction to housing shortages and high vacancy rates. Squatters in Madrid critically responded to urban speculation but they were also configured in tight articulation with other social movements.