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City University of Hong Kong.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5511-2390
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2019 (English)In: Contested Cities and Urban Activism / [ed] Yip, Ngai Ming, Martínez López, Miguel A., Sun, Xiaoyi, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 1, , p. 313p. 3-24Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The notion of ‘urban activism’ holds an ambiguous status in both the fields of social movements and urban studies. It usually conflates the meanings of ‘urban movements’ and all sorts of activist practices that take place in cities. ‘Urban movements’ is the conventional expression to capture sustained mobilisations and protests that challenge consolidated power structures in relation to the production and transformation of urban spaces. When these collective actions are neither lasting over time nor sufficiently challenging the rulers and managers over the territory, it seems convenient to just designate them broadly as ‘activism’. Therefore, we argue that urban activism occurs within specific organisations not much coordinated with others, and when it is focused on single-issue demands and campaigns with limited duration and capacity to alter the deep roots of urban politics. Activists are engaged participants in collec-tive action as members of disparate groups who can turn into contributors to larger movements under certain circumstances. We elaborate on this distinction more accurately.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 1. , p. 313p. 3-24
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The Contemporary City
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-378395ISBN: 978-981-13-1729-3 (print)ISBN: 978-981-13-1730-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-378395DiVA, id: diva2:1293826
Available from: 2019-03-05 Created: 2019-03-05 Last updated: 2019-05-28Bibliographically approved

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