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Mine Islar

Senior Lecturer, Docent

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Grassroots practices of citizenship and politicization in the urban : the case of right to the city initiatives in Barcelona

Author

  • Mine Islar
  • Ezgi Irgil

Summary, in English

This article aims to produce an analysis of the politicization of the citizens after Spain’s Indignados movement from a citizenship framework. The article suggests that claiming the right to the city involves more than issues of access to urban amenities: it is also about claiming the right to participate in the formation and transformation of the city and the right to appropriate the city center. This positions these rights within the larger issue of citizenship by defining it as a collective practice rather than a state-sanctioned status. Our analysis is based on the empirical evidence derived from the semi-structured interviews, politicians’ speeches, information based on media resources and official websites, and participant observation during three months of fieldwork in Barcelona in 2016.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2018-07-04

Language

English

Pages

491-506

Publication/Series

Citizenship Studies

Volume

22

Issue

5

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Keywords

  • claiming citizenship
  • political agency
  • right to the city
  • Social movements

Status

Published

Project

  • Ecological citizen and right to the city movements in Europe

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1362-1025