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    Where is urban politics?

    Rodgers, Scott and Barnett, C. and Cochrane, A. (2014) Where is urban politics? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38 (5), pp. 1551-1560. ISSN 1468-2427.

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    We outline the rationale for re-opening the issue of the spatiality of the ‘urban’ in urban politics. There is a long tradition of arguing about the distinctive political qualities of urban sites, practices and processes. Recent work often relies on spatial concepts or metaphors that anchor various political phenomena to cities while simultaneously putting the specificity of the urban itself in question. This symposium seeks to extend debates about the relationship between the urban and the political. Instead of asking ‘what is urban politics’, seeking after a definition of the urban as a starting point, we start by asking ‘where is urban politics?’ This question orients all of the contributions to this Symposium, and it allows each to trace diverse political dimensions of urban life and living beyond the confines of ‘the city’, classically conceived. The Symposium engages with ‘the urban question’ through diverse settings and objects, including infrastructures, in¬between spaces, professional cultures, transnational and postcolonial spaces and spaces of sovereignty. Contributions draw on a range of intellectual perspectives, including geography, urban studies, political science and political theory, anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, planning, and environmental studies – indicating the range of intellectual traditions that can and do inform the investigation of the urban/political nexus.


    Item Type: Article
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    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): urban politics, interdisciplinary dialogue, territory, space, urbanism, relational thinking, assemblage, post-political, policy mobilities
    School: School of Arts > Film, Media and Cultural Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC) (Closed)
    Depositing User: Scott Rodgers
    Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2014 13:20
    Last Modified: 10 Jun 2021 11:25

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