Urban everyday politics: politicising practices and the transformation of the here and now

Beveridge, R. and Koch, P. (2019) Urban everyday politics: politicising practices and the transformation of the here and now. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 37(1), pp. 142-157. (doi:10.1177/0263775818805487)

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Abstract

This article responds to both ongoing urban practices and strands of urban theory by arguing for a (re-)turn to the everyday as a means of thinking about antagonism and political possibility. We examine how the everyday might be conceived politically and wonder what it is about the current conjuncture that is fuelling the reimagining of the political possibility of the urban. We develop the category of urban everyday politics to capture the politicised everyday practices observable in our towns and cities: collective, organised and strategic practices that articulate a political antagonism embedded in, but breaking with, urban everyday life through altering socio-spatial relations. While we make no empirical claims about the current impact of this form of politics, we assert the political potential of viewing the everyday as a source, stake and site of dissensus in current urban conditions. Politicising the urban everyday offers, we conclude, a strategy for transformative politics, one in which the state recedes from view, micropolitical action is transcended and democratic possibilities lie in the transformation of the urban here and now.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beveridge, Dr Ross
Authors: Beveridge, R., and Koch, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0263-7758
ISSN (Online):1472-3433
Published Online:18 October 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 37(1): 142-157
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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