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The autonomous city: towards a critical geography of occupation

Vasudevan, Alexander

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Alexander Vasudevan alexander.vasudevan@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 0309-1325
Publisher SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Vasudevan, A. (2015). The autonomous city: towards a critical geography of occupation. Progress in Human Geography, 39(3), doi:10.1177/0309132514531470
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132514531470
Publisher URL http://phg.sagepub.com/content/39/3/316
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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