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Vasudevan, Alexander

Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin

Vasudevan, Alexander - Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin, ebook

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In this, the first book-length study of squatting in Berlin, Alexander Vasudevan examines the everyday practices of squatters in the city and how they speak to wider and enduring questions about the relationship between space, culture, and protest. The book reconstructs the complex and uneven history of squatting in Berlin from the extra-parliamentary protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s to contemporary struggles over gentrification and other forms of urban restructuring. It places particular emphasis on the making of a radical urban politics and draws attention to the inventive geographies produced by squatters as both a protest against housing precarity and as a search for alternative forms of shared city life. Building on current debates about the “right to the city” and the role of grassroots activism in shaping new sites of autonomy and solidarity, Metropolitan Preoccupations offers a fresh critical perspective that combines detailed empirical research with conceptual innovation. At stake here, the book concludes, are important questions about the implications of urban squatting for how we think, research, and inhabit the city.

Drawing on extensive field work conducted in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany and making full use of a range of archives previously uncited in English, this new study will be essential reading for anyone working in the fields of urban studies and human geography.

Keywords: Urban studies, political geography, geography, social anthropology, cultural anthropology, human geography, urban development, modern German history, German studies, urban planning, occupation, political protest, activism, urban squatting, Urban studies, political geography, geography, social anthropology, cultural anthropology, human geography, urban development, modern German history, German studies, urban planning, occupation, political protest, activism, urban squatting, Urban studies, political geography, geography, social anthropology, cultural anthropology, human geography, urban development, modern German history, German studies, urban planning, occupation, political protest, activism, urban squatting, Urban studies, political geography, geography, social anthropology, cultural anthropology, human geography, urban development, modern German history, German studies, urban planning, occupation, political protest, activism, urban squatting, Political Geography

Author(s)
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2015
Language
en
Edition
1
Series
RGS-IBG Book Series
Page amount
280 pages
Category
Natural Sciences
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781118750551
Printed ISBN
9781118750520

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