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Citizenship, Activism and the City

The Invisible and the Impossible, 1st Edition

By Patricia Burke Wood


126 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography