The recent thirtieth anniversaries of restored Baltic territorial sovereignties coincide with a quandary in which the region appears “highly unequal but classless.” This article revisits the conduct of the 2008–2011 crisis management operations through the prisms of class struggle and social movements. It conceptualizes the imposition of austerity measures as a class-constituted social movement from above. I argue that the latter has to be positioned relationally against locally articulated forms of resistance from below that have so far remained insufficiently explored. Therefore, the practice of unearthing Baltic “militant particularisms” carries the potential of subverting the “absent protest thesis” in the imposition of austerity on the region’s populations.
Jokubas Salyga (2023) Geographies of quiescence? Social movements, panoramas of struggle and Baltic austerity politics, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, https://doi.org/10.1080/25739638.2023.2182510
Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe