Andrej Grubačić

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Andrej Grubačić
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Andrej Grubačić speaking at the 2010 Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair
Known forLiving at the Edges of Capitalism (2016) Wobblies and Zapatistas (2008)
AwardsPEWS Book Award 2017 (with Denis O'Hearn)
Scientific career
FieldsAnarchist Anthropology, Balkan federalism, democratic confederalism, world-systems theory
ThesisExilic spaces and practices in the modern world system
InfluencesNoam Chomsky Fernand Braudel Pierre Clastres David Graeber Peter Kropotkin Staughton Lynd Immanuel Wallerstein

Andrej Grubačić is a US-based Yugoslav world historian, Balkan federalist, and professor of anthropology who has written on autonomous zones and mutual aid in world history. He founded the department of Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies.[1] He serves as editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research, an official journal of the American Sociological Association and published by the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.[2] He is the grandson of Ratomir Dugonjić, Yugoslav partisan leader and communist revolutionary. A theorist of contemporary anarchism, Grubačić was a prominent member of the antiglobalization or global justice movement.[3][4][5] His writings and interests range from comparative world history of exilic ("non-state") spaces and autonomous zones to the neo-marxist world-systems analysis, and from comparative historical sociology to the history of mutual aid. He organized the "Bay Area contingent" of an educational delegation to the University of Rojava in Qamislo with Seth M. Holmes and other Bay Area faculty,[6] and he is an affiliated Faculty in Residence with the UC Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.[7]

Political activism[edit]

Grubačić has publicly advocated for international humanitarian support and right to self-governance for the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava.[8][9] He is one of the leading advocates of Balkan confederalism. Grubačić co-founded the Global Balkans network of the Balkan anti-capitalist diaspora,[10][11] the Yugoslav Initiative for Economic Democracy, Kontrapunkt (magazine), and ZBalkans–a Balkan edition of Z Magazine.[12] He is or has been active as an organizer in networks such as the post-Yugoslav coalition of anti-authoritarian collectives DSM!, Peoples Global Action,[13][14] the World Social Forum, Freedom Fight[15] and as a program director[16] for the Global Commons. He is a part of Retort collective, a collective of radical intellectuals based in the Bay Area.[17] He taught at Z Media Institute in Boston and at University of Rojava in Qamislo. He is a member the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies).[18] He is a member of the Collective 20 group.[19] He is involved with the mutual aid project with five prisoners on death row from Lucasville Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. He wrote about the 1993 Lucasville rebellion, when 450 Lucasville prisoners, including an unlikely alliance of the Aryan Brotherhood and Gangster Disciples, rioted and took over the facility for 11 days.[20] He wrote extensively on the California prison rebellion of 2011 and the so-called Short Corridor Collective of the Pelican Bay prison (2009-2013). He has appeared in a number of KPFA interviews,[21][22][23][24] spoken at Anarchist Book Fairs,[25][26] and authored ZNet articles.[27]

Academic career[edit]

Following the collapse of Yugoslavia, Grubačić left for the United States. He moved to Binghamton University where he participated in research working groups at the Fernand Braudel Center and worked with David Graber researching "an anarchist version of world-systems analysis."[28] In 2008 he moved to San Francisco and worked in the sociology department at the University of San Francisco[29] and urban studies department at the San Francisco Art Institute. He founded the department of Anthropology and Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies.[30] His interest in world systems analysis and anarchist anthropology has influenced his research perspective, which includes experiences of self-organization, voluntary association, and mutual aid on the world-scale. His ongoing research on exilic spaces in the modern capitalist world system considers how spatial expressions of concentrated mutual aid are produced and reproduced on the outside/inside of capitalist civilization. Exilic spaces and practices refer to liminal and non-state areas relatively autonomous from capitalist valorization and state control. His doctoral dissertation research focus is on the autonomous "cracks" peopled by Don Cossacks, Atlantic pirates, Macedonian Roma, Jamaican Maroons, and Mexican Zapatistas. This research is included in his UC Press book Living at the Edges of Capitalism. Co-authored with Denis O'Hearn, which was the winner of the 2017 American Sociological Association Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS) Book Award.[31] He is an active participant in the World-Ecology, a global conversation of academics, activists, and artists committed to understanding human relations of power, production, and environment-making in the web of life, and editor for the Kairos imprint on PM Press.He is the author of several essays concerning the intellectual impact of Kurdish sociologist Abdullah Öcalan. He is an affiliated Faculty in Residence with the UC Berkeley Center for Social Medicine.[32]

Selected works[edit]

Living at the Edges of Capitalism, co-authored with Denis O'Hearn, was the winner of the 2017 American Sociological Association Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS) Book Award,[31] and has had a generally favorable critical reception in peer-reviewed journals.[33][34] Chair of Theoretical Political Science at the University of Ljubljana Žiga Vodovnik has applied Grubačić and O'Hearn's theorizing of non-state or exilic spaces to the concept of self-management, including the Occupy Movement.[35] Living at the Edges of Capitalism has also been cited as an influence in theorizing about the inhabitants of non-state, exilic spaces generally,[36][37][38][39] the relationship of the state to the world-system,[40] and a comparison between 'the art of not being governed' and 'minor jurisprudence', after Deleuze and Guattari.[41] Grubačić's collaboration with Staughton Lynd in Wobblies and Zapatistas inspired a lively debate around the proposed "Haymarket synthesis" between anarchism and Marxism. It has been cited as an influence in activist scholarship, in its articulation of solidarity in terms of 'accompaniment' with populations engaged in political struggle.[42][43] Don't Mourn, Balkanize is notable for provocative reconceptualization of historical and theoretical concepts like balkanization, yugoslavism and "horizontal federalism." The political trajectory it describes has been cited to support an argument asserting the observed failure of Sharpian nonviolent resistance to oppose the violence of global neoliberal capitalism, particularly its harm toward the most vulnerable in society.[44]


  • Grubačić, Andrej, & O'Hearn, Denis (2016). Living at the edges of capitalism: Adventures in exile and mutual aid. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520287303.
  • Grubačić, Andrej (2010). Don't Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia. PM Press.
  • Lynd, Staughton & Grubačić, Andrej (2010) From Here to There: The Staughton Lynd Reader. PM Press.
  • Grubačić, Andrej; Lynd, Staughton (2008). Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History. PM Press. ISBN 978-1-60486-041-2.
  • Grubačić, Andrej (2003). Globalizacija nepristajanja [The globalization of refusal] (in Serbian). Novi Sad: Svetovi. ISBN 86-7047-422-0. OCLC 64097747.
  • Noam Comski, Politika bez Moci. Izdavac: DAF Zagreb, 2004. ISBN 953-6956-01-2.


  • Chase-Dunn, Christopher; Smith, Jackie; Manning, Patrick; Grubacic, Andrej (2020-03-10). "Remembering Immanuel Wallerstein". Journal of World-Systems Research.[45]
  • O’Hearn, Denis; Grubačić, Andrej (2016-02-15). "Capitalism, mutual aid, and material life: Understanding exilic spaces:". Capital & Class.[46]
  • Andrej Grubacic (2019) Sweeping the world clean of capitalism: Samir Amin, Abdullah Ocalan and the world of autonomous regions, Globalizations, 16:7, 1073-1078, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2019.1654701

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anthropology and Social Change".
  2. ^ "Editorial Team | Journal of World-Systems Research". Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  3. ^ See a review of Andrej Grubačić's first book Globalizacija Nepristajanja [The globalization of refusal], described as "an activist manifesto for our times": Ambrozić, Dragan (2003-11-13). "Kako podneti budućnost". Vreme (in Serbian). Belgrade. ISSN 0353-8028. Retrieved 2009-12-30. Krajnje redak slučaj našeg predstavnika na svim značajnijim alterglobalističkim skupovima poslednjih godina, i autora koji se često pojavljuje u značajnoj inostranoj periodici – ovo je zanimljiv dokument i jedina naša alterglobalistička knjiga koju možete naći.
  4. ^ Williams, Leonard (September 2007). "Anarchism Revived". New Political Science 29 (3): 297–312. doi:10.1080/07393140701510160
  5. ^ Life After Social Forums
  6. ^ "Special report: Bay Area academics visit Kurds in Northern Syria". 48 hills. 2019-11-09. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  7. ^ "People". Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  8. ^ Barnard, Cornell W. (2019-10-14). "Bay Area Kurds rally in solidarity of their homeland in the midst of humanitarian crisis". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  9. ^ "أندريج كروباجج: ثورة روج آفا أحرزت خطوات عملية كبيرة - YouTube". Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  10. ^ Noam Chomsky on Grubačić's contribution as an activist scholar from the Balkans [1]
  11. ^ Sen, Jai; Anand, Anita; Escobar, Arturo; Waterman, Peter, eds. (2004). El Foro Social Mundial: Desafiando imperios [The World Socal Forum: challenging empires] (in Spanish). Editorial El Viejo Topo. p. 85. ISBN 978-84-96356-10-8. Retrieved 2009-12-26. Andrej Grubačić es... uno de los fundadores del Instituto por la Investigacion del Movimento Global de la Universidad de Ljuljana (Eslovenia).
  12. ^ Rebick, Judy (2002-05-01). "My Interview with Andrej". Retrieved 2008-07-09.
  13. ^ " | Discussions within the Movement".
  14. ^ Eguiarte, Cristina Flesher (2005). The Logic of Autonomy: Principles, Praxis, and Challenges of Autonomous Anti-capitialist Movement ; Three Case Studies from Madrid. University of California, Berkeley.
  15. ^ Freedom Fight in conversation with Andrej Grubačić
  16. ^ "Info". Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  17. ^ Retort in Portland
  18. ^ "Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History".
  19. ^ collective 20 members
  20. ^ Lynd and Grubačić, Wobblies and Zapatistas, p.113
  21. ^ "Reconsidering Yugoslav Socialism". KPFA. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  22. ^ "Exiting from Capitalism". KPFA. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  23. ^ "Letters and Poltics - The Life & Times of Gavrilo Princip with Andrej Grubacic". KPFA. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  24. ^ "Against the Grain - November 18, 2009". KPFA. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  25. ^ "Wobblies and Zapatistas". 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  26. ^ "Andrej Grubacic - On Anarchist History of Capitalism - YouTube". Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  27. ^ "» Author » Andrej Grubacic". Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  28. ^ "David Graeber Interview with ReadySteadyBook". The Anarchist Library. Retrieved 2021-02-04.
  29. ^ Foghorn, San Francisco (2009-04-23). "Students Protest: Popular Adjunct Professor Not Rehired". Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  30. ^ "Anthropology and Social Change".
  31. ^ a b "Political Economy of the World System Award Recipient History". American Sociological Association. 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  32. ^ "People | Berkeley Center for Social Medicine".
  33. ^ Wood, Lesley (2017-08-28). "Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid:". Contemporary Sociology. doi:10.1177/0094306117725085p.
  34. ^ Pullum, Amanda (2017). "Andrej Grubačić and Denis O'Hearn, Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016)". Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate. 21 (2). doi:10.25071/1913-9632.39401. ISSN 1913-9632.
  35. ^ Vodovnik, Žiga (2019-10-01). ""Listen, Marxist!": On the Forgotten Past of Self-Management and the Contemporary Orgasms of History". World Political Science. 15 (2): 177–194. doi:10.1515/wps-2019-0006. ISSN 2363-4782.
  36. ^ Sliwinski, Alicia (2016-07-15). "The Value of Promising Spaces: Hope and Everyday Utopia in a Salvadoran Town". History and Anthropology. 27 (4): 430–446. doi:10.1080/02757206.2016.1207638. ISSN 0275-7206.
  37. ^ "Introduction: Politics and Philosophy in the Face of Evil", Piercing the Shroud: Destabilizations of ‘Evil’, Brill | Rodopi, pp. 1–8, 2019-05-20, ISBN 978-90-04-39815-3, retrieved 2021-02-07
  38. ^ Williams, Dana M. (2018-06-05). "Happiness and freedom in direct action: critical mass bike rides as ecstatic ritual, play, and temporary autonomous zones". Leisure Studies. 37 (5): 589–602. doi:10.1080/02614367.2018.1480650. ISSN 0261-4367.
  39. ^ Bennike, Rune (2017-04-03). "Governing Landscapes: Territorialisation and Exchange at South Asia's Himalayan Frontier". South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. 40 (2): 217–221. doi:10.1080/00856401.2017.1295834. ISSN 0085-6401.
  40. ^ Bennike, Rune (2017-03-27). "Frontier Commodification: Governing Land, Labour and Leisure in Darjeeling, India". South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. 40 (2): 256–271. doi:10.1080/00856401.2017.1289618. ISSN 0085-6401.
  41. ^ Antaki, Mark (2017). "Making Sense of Minor Jurisprudence". Law Text Culture. 21: 54.
  42. ^ "The Radical Imagination". ZED Books. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  43. ^ Learning Activism. ISBN 978-1-4426-0790-3.
  44. ^ Chabot, S.; Sharifi, Majid (2013). "The Violence of Nonviolence: Problematizing Nonviolent Resistance in Iran and Egypt". undefined. Retrieved 2021-02-08.
  45. ^ Chase-Dunn, Christopher; Smith, Jackie; Manning, Patrick; Grubacic, Andrej (2020-03-10). "Remembering Immanuel Wallerstein". Journal of World-Systems Research. 26 (1): 4–8–4–8. doi:10.5195/jwsr.2020.995. ISSN 1076-156X.
  46. ^ O’Hearn, Denis; Grubačić, Andrej (February 2016). "Capitalism, mutual aid, and material life: Understanding exilic spaces". Capital & Class. 40 (1): 147–165. doi:10.1177/0309816816628562. ISSN 0309-8168.

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