The autonomous city: towards a critical geography of occupation

Vasudevan, Alexander (2015) The autonomous city: towards a critical geography of occupation. Progress in Human Geography, 39 (3). pp. 316-337. ISSN 0309-1325

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Abstract

This paper explores the recent resurgence of occupation-based practices across the globe, from the seizure of public space to the assembling of improvised protest camps. It re-examines the relationship between the figure of occupation and the affirmation of an alternative ‘right to the city’. The paper develops a critical understanding of occupation as a political process that prefigures and materializes the social order which it seeks to enact. The paper highlights the constituent role of occupation as an autonomous form of urban dwelling, as a radical politics of infrastructure and as a set of relations that produce common spaces for political action.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132514531470
Depositing User: Vasudevan, Dr Alex
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2014 17:45
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 05:11
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3194

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