Title: Urban everyday politics : politicising practices and the transformation of the here and now
Authors : Beveridge, Ross
Koch, Philippe
Published in : Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (Online First)
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Sage
Issue Date: Oct-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Politics; Urban; City; Everyday; Activism; Social movements
Subject (DDC) : 307: Communities
320: Politics
Abstract: This article responds to both ongoing urban practices and strands of urban theory by arguing for a (re-)turn to the everyday as a means of thinking about antagonism and political possibility. We examine how the everyday might be conceived politically and wonder what it is about the current conjuncture that is fuelling the reimagining of the political possibility of the urban. We develop the category of urban everyday politics to capture the politicised everyday practices observable in our towns and cities: collective, organised and strategic practices that articulate a political antagonism embedded in, but breaking with, urban everyday life through altering socio-spatial relations. While we make no empirical claims about the current impact of this form of politics, we assert the political potential of viewing the everyday as a source, stake and site of dissensus in current urban conditions. Politicising the urban everyday offers, we conclude, a strategy for transformative politics, one in which the state recedes from view, micropolitical action is transcended and democratic possibilities lie in the transformation of the urban here and now.
Departement: Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Urban Landscape (IUL)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1177/0263775818805487
ISSN: 0263-7758
1472-3433
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/12275
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen

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