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Rahmouni elidrissi Yousra, Courpasson David

The question of alternative organizing brings to the forefront the inseparability between means and ends. While alternatives are usually thought of as in opposition to the instrumental-rational bureaucratic mode of organizing, militant organizations often operate through a kind of hybrid organizational form and combine aspects of collectivist structures and processes with those of quasi-bureaucratic organizations. In this work in progress, we attempt to illuminate the organizational tensions arising from the development of what we might call a “value-based bureaucracy”. Investigating the two-year process of structuration of a grassroots’ movement, we attend to activists’ subjectivities to understand how they experience and manage these tensions, ensuring the survival of the movement.