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Cultural activism and the politics of place-making

Buser, Michael, Bonura, Carlo, Fannin, Maria and Boyer, Kate 2013. Cultural activism and the politics of place-making. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 17 (5) , pp. 606-627. 10.1080/13604813.2013.827840

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore the relationship between creative practice, activism and urban place-making by considering the role they play in the construction of meaning in urban spaces. Through an analysis of two activist groups based in Stokes Croft, Bristol (UK), we argue that cultural activism provides new political prospects within the wider context of global capitalism through the cultivation of a shared aesthetics of protest. By cultivating aspects of shared history and a mutual enthusiasm for creative practice as a form of resistance, Stokes Croft has emerged as a ‘space of nurturance’ for creative sensibilities. However, we note how Stokes Croft as an autonomous space remains open-ended and multiple for activists interested in promoting different visions of social justice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/71583

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