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Spaces and Places as Sites and Objects of Politics

Javier Auyero

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270439.003.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Spaces and Places as Sites and Objects of Politics

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This article examines the concept of places and spaces as objects and sites of politics. It describes the global scenes of contentious politics in and over space and place and explores the importance of space in the study of politics. It discusses the conception of space as built environment and as a depository of social relations and political actions. It highlights the agreement among geographers and social scientists that contentious politics should be seen both geographically structured and geographically structuring collective practices which means that contention takes place in extant geographies and creates new ones.

Keywords: places; spaces; contentious politics; social relations; political actions; collective practices

Article.  6259 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Regional Political Studies

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