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Barcelona as imagined community: Pasqual Maragall's spaces of engagement

McNeill, D.M. (2001) Barcelona as imagined community: Pasqual Maragall's spaces of engagement Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 26, (3), pp. 340-352. (doi:10.1111/1475-5661.00026).

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This paper looks at how cities can function in much the same way as nations in the construction of political projects. Taking Pasqual Maragall's mobilization of Barcelona during his period as mayor of the city (198297) as an example, it explores how locally dependent politicians attempt to exploit 'spaces of engagement' (Cox 1998) to escape from the territorial and scalar limitations which city councils have to operate within. It argues that mayors can embody cities, and explores how Maragall located himself within a set of performatively, discursively and institutionally constructed visions of Barcelona embedded in wider economic, political and cultural spaces.

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Published date: 2001


Local EPrints ID: 16242
ISSN: 0020-2754
PURE UUID: ccf5ab47-c8b5-4a4d-9fbd-d0e5a5e7d8e3

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Date deposited: 15 Jul 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:43

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Author: D.M. McNeill

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