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What is a ‘strike’ and what is a ‘riot’?

From Joshua Clover’s Riot. Strike. Riot. pg 15:

The strike is the form of collective action that 

1) struggles to set the price of labor power (or the conditions of labor, which is much the same thing: the amount of misery that can be purchased by the pound); 

2) features workers appearing in their role as workers;

3) unfolds in the context of capitalist production, featuring its interruption at the source via the downing of tools, cordoning of the factory floor, etc. 

The riot is the form of collective action that

1) struggles to set the price of market goods (or their availability, which is much the same thing, for the question is similarly one of access); 

2) features participants with no necessary kinship but their dispossession; 

3) unfolds in the context of consumption, featuring the interruption of commercial circulation.

Categories: Fragile Movements and Their Politics Cultures

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