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
Official URL: http://phg.sagepub.com/content/39/3/316
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.
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