The spatial politics of far-right populism: VOX, antifascism and neighbourhood solidarity in Madrid city

Santamarina, A. (2020) The spatial politics of far-right populism: VOX, antifascism and neighbourhood solidarity in Madrid city. Critical Sociology, (doi: 10.1177/0896920520962562) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This article explores the spatial politics of the Spanish far-right party VOX, deepening discussions around the spaces of xenophobic populism and anti-fascist politics. The paper foregrounds the need of moving beyond the nation-centred, institutional and descriptive approaches that characterise the literature on far-right politics, to focus on the quotidian grounds of far-right mobilisations. Through an analysis of VOX’s politics of hate at the neighbourhood level, I explore the co-constitutive relationship between ‘institutional politics’ and the ‘politics of the street’. Focusing in Hortaleza – a Madrilenian district targeted by VOX’s mobilisation – I analyse the ways the party attempts to exploit situated inequalities linked to the urbanisation of border regimes and how neighbourhood movements are challenging VOX through constructing alternative anti-racist politics of belonging. The paper argues that the centrality of the neighbourhood as the lived space of political socialisation makes it a key scale of articulation of anti-fascist politics and grassroots solidarities.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Santamarina Guerrero, Ms Ana
Authors: Santamarina, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Critical Sociology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN:0896-9205
ISSN (Online):1569-1632
Published Online:02 October 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Author
First Published:First published in Critical Sociology 2020
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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