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Cultural activism and the politics of place-making

Cultural activism and the politics of place-making
Cultural activism and the politics of place-making
In this paper, we explore the relationship between creative practice, activism, and urban place-making by considering the role they play in the construction of meaning in urban spaces. Through an analysis of two activist groups based in Stokes Croft, Bristol (UK), we argue that cultural activism provides new political prospects within the wider context of global capitalism through the cultivation of a shared aesthetics of protest. By cultivating aspects of shared history and a mutual enthusiasm for creative practice as a form of resistance, Stokes Croft has emerged as a ‘space of nurturance’ for creative sensibilities. However, we note how Stokes Croft as an autonomous space remains open-ended and multiple for activists interested in promoting different visions of social justice.
place identity, cultural activism, stokes croft, collectivity, resistance
1360-4813
1-26
Buser, Michael
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Bonura, Carlo
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Fannin, Maria
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Boyer, Kate
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Buser, Michael
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Bonura, Carlo
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Fannin, Maria
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Boyer, Kate
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Buser, Michael, Bonura, Carlo, Fannin, Maria and Boyer, Kate (2013) Cultural activism and the politics of place-making. City: Analysis of Urban Trends Culture Theory Policy Action, 17 (5), 1-26.

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In this paper, we explore the relationship between creative practice, activism, and urban place-making by considering the role they play in the construction of meaning in urban spaces. Through an analysis of two activist groups based in Stokes Croft, Bristol (UK), we argue that cultural activism provides new political prospects within the wider context of global capitalism through the cultivation of a shared aesthetics of protest. By cultivating aspects of shared history and a mutual enthusiasm for creative practice as a form of resistance, Stokes Croft has emerged as a ‘space of nurturance’ for creative sensibilities. However, we note how Stokes Croft as an autonomous space remains open-ended and multiple for activists interested in promoting different visions of social justice.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2013
Keywords: place identity, cultural activism, stokes croft, collectivity, resistance
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 356637
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356637
ISSN: 1360-4813
PURE UUID: 4ebe3378-a62d-496e-9657-ed805a80a5c2

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Date deposited: 11 Sep 2013 10:23
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:37

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