The Everyday Politics of Public Space

Sous-titre : Preface
Auteurs : Mattias De Backer, Claske Dijkema, Kathrin Hörschelmann
Type : Numéro spécial dans la Revue Space and Culture

While in the past two decades a rich literature has emerged about the politics of public space, many of these theoretical works and empirical studies consider public space interactions and behaviors against the backdrop of deliberative or representative politics. In this special issue, to which this article is the preface, we offer some reflections on how the everyday and the micro-level can be sites of political expression, leading inevitably to a critical discussion of the central assumptions regarding private/public space and its generational, gendered, classed, and “culturalized” construction. This analysis takes place with three theoretical axes in the background: Katz’s minor theory, anarchist theory on prefigurative politics, and Foucault, de Certeau, and Lefebvre’s work on power, knowledge, and place.

Date : 2019, numéro 22(3), pages 240–249
DOI : 10.1177/1206331219830080