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Metropolitan Preoccupations

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Alexander Vasudevan is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. A co-editor o... Weiterlesen
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Alexander Vasudevan is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. A co-editor of Practicing the Archive: Reflections on Method and Practice in Historical Geography (with E. Gagen and H. Lorimer, 2007) his work has been published in several prestigious journals, including Antipode, Cultural Geographies, Environment and Planning A and D, Progress in Human Geography, and Social and Cultural Geography. His current research focuses on radical politics, urban squatting and the wider geographies of contemporary precarity.

Autorentext
Alexander Vasudevan is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. A co-editor of Practicing the Archive: Reflections on Method and Practice in Historical Geography (with E. Gagen and H. Lorimer, 2007) his work has been published in several prestigious journals, including Antipode, Cultural Geographies, Environment and Planning A and D, Progress in Human Geography, and Social and Cultural Geography. His current research focuses on radical politics, urban squatting and the wider geographies of contemporary precarity.

Klappentext
In this, the first book-length study of squatting in Berlin, Alexander Vasudevan examines the everyday practices of squatters in the city and how they speak to wider and enduring questions about the relationship between space, culture and protest. The book reconstructs the complex and uneven history of squatting in Berlin from the extra-parliamentary protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s to contemporary struggles over gentrification and other forms of urban restructuring. It places particular emphasis on the making of a radical urban politics and draws attention to the inventive geographies produced by squatters as both a protest against housing precarity and as a search for alternative forms of shared city life. Building on current debates about the right to the city and the role of grassroots activism in shaping new sites of autonomy and solidarity, Metropolitan Preoccupations offers a fresh critical perspective that combines detailed empirical research with conceptual innovation. At stake here, the book concludes, are important questions about the implications of urban squatting for how we think, research and inhabit the city.

Drawing on extensive field work conducted in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany and making full use of a range of archives previously uncited in English, this new study will be essential reading for anyone working in the fields of urban studies and human geography.

Zusammenfassung
In this, the first book-length study of the cultural and political geography of squatting in Berlin, Alexander Vasudevan links the everyday practices of squatters in the city to wider and enduring questions about the relationship between space, culture, and protest.

  • Focuses on the everyday and makeshift practices of squatters in their attempt to exist beyond dominant power relations and redefine what it means to live in the city
  • Offers a fresh critical perspective that builds on recent debates about the right to the city and the role of grassroots activism in the making of alternative urbanisms
  • Examines the implications of urban squatting for how we think, research and inhabit the city as a site of radical social transformation
  • Challenges existing scholarship on the New Left in Germany by developing a critical geographical reading of the anti-authoritarian revolt and the complex geographies of connection and solidarity that emerged in its wake
  • Draws on extensive field work conducted in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany


Inhalt

Series Editors' Preface viii

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgements xi

1 Introduction: Making Radical Urban Politics 1

2 Crisis and Critique 27

3 Resistance and Autonomy 53

4 Antagonism and Repair 86

5 Separation and Renewal 133

6 Capture and Experimentation 164

7 Conclusion: Der Kampf geht weiter 196

References 209

Index 231

Produktinformationen

Titel: Metropolitan Preoccupations
Untertitel: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin
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EAN: 9781118750551
ISBN: 978-1-118-75055-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Wiley-Blackwell
Genre: Geografie
Anzahl Seiten: 256
Veröffentlichung: 10.08.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 15.5 MB