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The autonomous city: towards a critical geography of occupation

Vasudevan, Alexander


Alexander Vasudevan


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.


Vasudevan, A. (2015). The autonomous city: towards a critical geography of occupation. Progress in Human Geography, 39(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2015
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 0309-1325
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
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