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Citizenship, Activism and the City: The Invisible and the Impossible

Patricia Burke Wood

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CRC Press Inc
22 December 2017
Anarchism; Marxism & Communism; Political structures: democracy; Political activism; Human geography
Were the occupations of 2010-11 - from Spain to Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street - a success or failure? Are they the model for urban radical politics? This book challenges common understandings and underlying assumptions of what constitutes activism and resistance. It proposes a critical urban theory of politics and citizenship that is grounded in the city as it is inhabited. For those who are marginalized, the city is a double-edged sword of oppression and emancipation.

This book argues for an intersectional approach that actively dismantles hierarchies and embraces a wider range of acts of resistance and creative transformation, one in which we recognize these acts of citizenship as a form of constitutionalism. Wood reframes the theorization of protest and of the city, 'post-political' literature and the history of protest, and Marxist and anarchist ideas about the time and space of politics. Through this, she adopts a unique approach to provide new theoretical insights and challenges to post-political thinking.

This book will be valuable reading for those interested in political, urban and social geography, in addition to political economy and progressive politics in the urban context.
By:   Patricia Burke Wood
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780815351535
ISBN 10:   0815351534
Series:   Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics
Pages:   126
Publication Date:   22 December 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: The invisibile and the impossible 1. What we talk about when we talk about Occupy: Politics and citizenship in crisis 2. Radical politics and the 'post-political' critique 3. Sad, sick and diva citizens: Resistance, refusal and urban space 4. The arc of politics

Patricia Burke Wood is Professor of Geography at York University, Toronto, Canada.

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