For Health Autonomy: Horizons of Care Beyond Austerity--Reflections from Greece

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Intensifying inequality and violence have heightened the need to deepen our capacity to resist, offer concrete alternatives, and reproduce ourselves in the process. CareNotes Collective organizes directly on this terrain and seeks to record and amplify the experiences of those struggling for health autonomy in their own communities. The challenge is to imagine how to expand these practices while defending our communities from the risks of cooption, state violence, and emotional trauma as well as financial domination. CareNotes is a collective of care workers who are organizing for health autonomy. They are committed to sharing experiences and analysis from autonomous care practices resisting the violence of the state and capitalist life. The editorial collective functions anonymously, without any grant funding, or any affiliation with academic/NGOs/foundations.


"This is a very important book for understanding self-organized infrastructures of health provisions in Greece. Beyond that, For Health Autonomy is a must-read for us all as we face the crumbling infrastructures of well-being due to capital's ongoing crises."

--Dimitris Dalakoglou, director of infra-demos and coeditor of Crisis-Scapes: Athens and Beyond and Revolt and Crisis in Greece
"In the midst of a socioeconomic crisis in Greece imposed through harsh and aggressively unjust measures, a new solidarity was born. For Health Autonomy is a precious and inspiring account of the power that self-managed initiatives have to go beyond the state and the market in defense of public health--especially when health is considered as a common to be shared and produced through relations of equality. A great contribution to that radical thinking which is immersed in collective experiences with emancipatory potentials in Greece and everywhere." --Stavros Stavrides, author of Towards the City of Thresholds
"Can we go beyond dominant state-centered politics? CareNotes Collective suggests that we must think about crisis as a possibility against a closing world, as a moment when new forms of social relations are possible. For Health Autonomy is an extraordinary collection of writing that unfolds the ongoing processes of self-organized and autonomous healthcare in Greece. Without haste or vague optimism, it insists on the practical hope and the concrete utopias of grassroots movement. There is an essential lesson for us all to learned from the recent history of Greek debt crisis: to think beyond crisis. This is the real challenge and timely contribution of CareNotes Collective's book! --Katerina Nasioka, coauthor of Gender and Journalism in Greece and coeditor of Beyond Crisis: After the Collapse of Institutional Hope in Greece, What?
"Faced with crushing economic crisis, resurgent fascism, and the ever-present specter of state violence, many in Greece fight back by building autonomously-organized alternatives. For Health Autonomy tells the story of the challenges they face and the struggles they wage."

--Patrick Strickland, author of Alerta! Alerta! Snapshots of Europe's Anti-Fascist Struggle