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.
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