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    Austerity urbanism and Olympic counter-legacies: gendering, defending and expanding the urban commons in East London

    Gillespie, T. and Hardy, K. and Watt, Paul (2018) Austerity urbanism and Olympic counter-legacies: gendering, defending and expanding the urban commons in East London. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 36 (5), pp. 812-830. ISSN 1472-3433.

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    Abstract

    This article reflects on an occupation led by single mothers to contest the destruction of social housing in post-Olympics East London. In the process, it argues for a more gendered theorisation of the urban commons. Drawing on auto-ethnography, participant observation and qualitative interviews, the article argues three central points: First, that the occupation demonstrates the gendered nature of the urban commons and the leadership of women in defending them from enclosure; second that the defence of an existing urban commons enabled the creation of a new temporary commons characterised by the collectivisation of gendered socially reproductive activities; and third that this commoning has had a lasting impact on housing activism at the city scale and beyond. This impact is conceptualised as an ‘Olympic counter-legacy’ that is characterised by the forging of new relationships and affinities, the strengthening of networked activism and circulation of tactics between campaign groups.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Housing crisis, urban commons, austerity, gender, social reproduction, occupation
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Paul Watt
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2018 16:04
    Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 22:39
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20815

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