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Breakers The people who break open the door during squatting actions
Gezelligheid A Dutch term that vaguely translates as warm coziness, with connotations of nostalgia and intimacy
Kraakbonzen A term that translates literally as “squatter bosses”
Kraakspreekuur Kraakspreekuren (pl). Literally translates as squatting information hour. A self-organized group of people, often squatters or ex-squatters, host a weekly drop in service at a social center located in a squat or legalized squat, functioning as a squatters advisory service
Kraker A squatter
Legalized squat A formerly squatted building that has become legalized through a formal rental contract or ownership. These buildings tend to provide affordable housing
Social center A self-organized space run by volunteers that offer free community services mainly aimed at the radical left and the local community
Squat A space or property in which the residents lack legal permission from owners to reside. Also used as a verb “to squat” a place
Squatter scene The “scene” is how squatters and people who identify with the radical left refer to the subculture of the radical left
Voku Short for volkskeuken. A restaurant usually run by volunteers held in squatted social centers or legalized squats that serves often affordable food

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The autonomous life?

Paradoxes of hierarchy and authority in the squatters movement in Amsterdam

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