The Politics of the Encounter
Urban Theory and Protest under Planetary Urbanization
Publication Year: 2013
We need to think less of cities as "entities with borders and clear demarcations between what's inside and what's outside" and emphasize instead the effects of "planetary urbanization," a concept of Lefebvre's that Merrifield makes relevant for the ways we now experience the urban. The city—from Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street—seems to be the critical zone in which a new social protest is unfolding, yet dissenters' aspirations are transcending the scale of the city physically and philosophically. Consequently, we must shift our perspective from "the right to the city" to "the politics of the encounter," says Merrifield. We must ask how revolutionary crowds form, where they draw their energies from, what kind of spaces they occur in—and what kind of new spaces they produce.
Published by: University of Georgia Press
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PREFACE The Personal and the Political: A Diff erent Kind of Blue ixCHAPTER THREE The Urban Consolidates: Centrality and Citizenship 35CHAPTER SEVEN Imaginary Pragmatics and the Enigma of Revolt 114...
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The late Herbert Muschamp, onetime columnist at the New York Times, once suggested my and Henri Lefebvreâs work on the city sprang from a variation of what psychoanalyst Melanie Klein called âthe depressive position.â Muschamp was one of Americaâs most infl uential (and controversial) architectural critics, a brilliant, exuberant urban commentator, a chip off Lefebvreâs own block. He ...
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Thus the heavenly spheres that encompassed the world and held it together did not disappear at once in a mighty explosion; the world- bubble grew and swelled If we cannot produce a new theory, and I agree it is not easy, we can at least fi nd new words. . . . If we fi nd new words we can hope to produce a framework of understanding. Without a framework, any means of instrumentality are futile....
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Mass amateurization is a result of the radical spread of expressive capabilities.Itâs in James Joyceâs dazzlingly inventive masterpiece, Finnegans Wake, pub-lished on the brink of World War II, where the acronym âhceâ fi rst enters the scene, coined aft er the bookâs antihero, a certain Humphrey Chimpden Ear-wicker, barkeep and man of the world. Throughout Finnegans Wake, Joyce puns ...
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Like many named placesÂ . . . it was less an identifi able city than a grouping of concepts. . . . She looked down a slope, needing to squint in the sunlight, onto a vast sprawl. . . . The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had. Though she knew less about radios than about Southern Californians, ...
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Everything is formed out of connections, densities, shocks, encounters, What matters about this conception is less the elaboration of laws, hence of an essence, than the aleatory character of the âtaking- holdâ of the encounter, which gives rise to an accomplished fact whose laws it is possible to state.Some of the best and profoundest lines ever written about âthe encounterâ are ...
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The world market is a space in which everyone has once been a productive laborer, and in which labor has everywhere begun to price itself out of Implicit in all these defi nitions is the assumption that the human conglomerate being dealt with is suffi ciently largeÂ . . . and a further assumption is that the human conglomerate be itself unaware of psychohistoric analysis in order that ...
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To be on anew and basking in the panaroma of all fl ores of speech.The spark that triggers any irruptive, swerving encounter is like that fi rst Jack-son Pollock drip: suddenly the paint falls onto the giant canvas; things explode at ground level, on the fl oor, in the street; dense skeins of black and white swirls disrupt the fi eld of vision; brown and silver nebulae dazzle; paint is layered on ...
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Nowhere had he seen offi cialdom and life as interwoven as they were here, so interwoven that it sometimes even looked as if offi cialdom and life had To celebrate our becoming a minority, and to posit an almost- unimaginable par-allel urban realm, only opens the door, likely a backdoor, to the faint possibility that there is an imaginary parallel urban realm out there, one yearning to be ...
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Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation