|Title:||The post-political trap? Reflections on politics, agency and the city|
|Authors :||Beveridge, Ross|
|Published in :||Urban Studies|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||Sage|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Type of review:||Peer review (publication)|
|Subjects :||Post-political city; Urban politics|
|Subject (DDC) :||320: Politics|
|Abstract:||This commentary reflects on the influence of the post-political critique on urban studies. In this literature (e.g. Swyngedouw, 2014), the default position of contemporary democracies is post-politics – the truly political is only rare, random and radical. The ‘post-political trap’ refers to the intuitively convincing, yet ultimately confining account it provides of contemporary urban governance. We identify three shortcomings. First, the binary understanding of the real political/politics as police negates the in-betweenness and contingency of actually existing urban politics. By so doing, secondly, political agency is reduced to the heroic and anti-heroic. Thus, the plurality of political agency in the urban sphere and multi-faceted forms of power lose their political quality. Third, the perceived omnipotence of the post-political order actually diminishes the possibilities of the urban as a political space of resistance and emancipation. On these grounds we argue not for a rejection of the notion of the post-political per se but for a more differentiated approach, one more alert to the contingencies of the political and of depoliticisation in the urban realm.|
|Departement:||Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Urban Landscape (IUL)|
|Publication type:||Article in scientific journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen|
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