Visible Cities: The Arab Spring as a Claim of "The Right to the City"

Journal title STORIA URBANA
Author/s Paolo Maggiolini, Francesco Mazzucotelli
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/139
Language Italian Pages 10 P. 5-14 File size 483 KB
DOI 10.3280/SU2013-139001
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This opening essay clarifies the methodological approach that has been adopted in this issue of the journal. Our analysis strives to go beyond a unidimensional and microlocal comprehension of the political and social phenomena and processes at stake. In this introduction, we state how and why this issue highlights the spatial (and specifically urban) dimension of different forms of political mobilization and opposition, as well as the relevance of the political, economic, social, and symbolical conflicts that revolve around the form of the city (and specifically of its public spaces) and its meanings. The events of the last three years are thus framed in a long-term perspective of narratives, processes, conflicts, languages, and practices of political inclusion and exclusion.

Keywords: Political Transition Counterpublics Multiple Modernities Global Street

Paolo Maggiolini, Francesco Mazzucotelli, Le città visibili: le primavere arabe come riappropriazione degli spazi urbani in "STORIA URBANA " 139/2013, pp 5-14, DOI: 10.3280/SU2013-139001