Rethinking Cities in Contentious Times: The Mobilisation of Urban Dissent in the ‘Arab Spring’

Allegra, Marco, Bono, Irene, Rokem, Jonathan, Casaglia, Anna, Marzorati, Roberta, Yacobi, Haim (2013) Rethinking Cities in Contentious Times: The Mobilisation of Urban Dissent in the ‘Arab Spring’. Urban Studies, 50 (9). pp. 1675-1688. ISSN 0042-0980. E-ISSN 1360-063X. (doi:10.1177/0042098013482841) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Throughout history, cities have been the theatre of social and spatial struggles. The issue of urban protests, however, has not yet been investigated in detail in the light of the growing concern of the need to rethink urban studies, from theoretical and epistemic assumptions, to methodological issues. It is argued that the mobilisation of urban dissent in the so-called Arab Spring offers a good opportunity to develop a critical approach based on the observation of the nexus between an event (a punctual expression of dissent) and a site (the urban environment in which the former takes place). The goal is to avoid theoretical rigidities inherent to the assumptions about the intrinsic qualities of cities or social movements. The paper also aims at connecting different academic and disciplinary traditions across linguistic divides and especially the Anglophone urban studies with the Francophone stream of city-focused political science and political sociology

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0042098013482841
Uncontrolled keywords: cities, urban protests, Arab Spring
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Human Ecology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Jonathan Rock Rokem
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2019 23:31 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71708 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rokem, Jonathan: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1595-5040
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