afterword
Resonances of the Common
Sandro Mezzadra
The attempt to foster a “conceptual dialogue between contemporary move-
ments of dewesternization and the re sistance against capitalist labor and
biopower coming from workerism and postautonomia,” as the editors put
it in their introduction, is an important enterprise in itself. This book sets
the stage for a dialogue that has already started in recent years in Eu rope as
well as in the Americas and that will hopefully continue in the future. Nev-
ertheless, I must admit that my position in this dialogue is quite ambivalent.
Sure, I am Italian and my participation in the autonomist movements in
that country was crucial for me both po litically and intellectually. I defi-
nitely continue to be influenced by the tradition of workerism in my writ-
ings and in my practices. But I am also very much interested in the attempt
to “provincialize” that tradition, be it through the work I have been doing
for many years on migration, through my interest in postcolonial criticism,
or through the development of exchanges and relations with people based
in many parts of the world (including Latin America).
This is the reason why I will not discuss the chapters of this book, most
of which deal with “decolonial” struggles in Latin America, from the point
of view of the concept of autonomy as developed within autonomist move-
ments since the 1970s in Italy and other Eu ropean countries. In fact I will
say something about these movements in this afterword, but what interests
me more is the broader set of questions underlying the project of this book.
Let’s list some of them. What are the conditions that make the “geophilo-
sophical” interferences mentioned by the editors possible— and above all
productive? Once we acknowledge the relevance of the “location,” especially
in attempts to “think from and with lived struggles” (Catherine E. Walsh),
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