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The Contemporary City

The Urban Politics of Squatters' Movements

Editors: Martínez López, Miguel Angel (Ed.)

  • Addresses the development of squatting practices and movements in nine European cities
  • Examines changes in squatting practices and urban movements
  • Highlights the political and legal implications of squatting in European cities
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About this book

This volume sheds light on the development of squatting practices and movements in nine European cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Brighton) by examining the numbers, variations and significant contexts in their life course. It reveals how and why squatting practices have shifted and to what extent they engender urban movements. The book measures the volume and changes in squatting over various decades, mostly by focusing on Squatted Social Centres but also including squatted housing. In addition, it systematically compares the cycles, socio-spatial structures and the political implications of squatting in selected cities. This collection highlights how squatters’ movements have persisted over more than four decades through different trajectories and circumstances, especially in relation to broader protest cycles and reveals how political opportunities and constraints influence the conflicts around the legalisation of squats.

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About the authors

Dr Miguel A. Martínez is Professor of Housing and Urban Sociology at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research, University of Uppsala, Sweden) He was previously affiliated to the City University of Hong Kong and the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He participates regularly in SqEK (Squatting Europe Kollective).

Reviews

“Rarely the subject of social movement studies, the squatter movements have been nevertheless extremely important as incubator of new codes and performances. Beyond prefigurative practices, squatted social centers have had political effects as well. This valuable collection starts filling this gap, offering rich evidence on the squatters' culture and performances. within a geographically broad and historical deep perspective.” (Donatella della Porta, Director of Centre of Social Movements Studies, Scuola normale superiore, Firenze, Italy and author of Social Movements in Times of Austerity: Bringing Capitalism Back Into Protest Analysis)

”The Urban Politics of Squatters' Movements is the first systematic account we have of how and why squatting movements rise, fall, and rise again.  Based on clear, concise, but still in-depth analyses of cycles of squatting in nine cities, this vital book deepens our knowledge of the scope and importance of squatting movements across Europe – especially the rise and persistence of squatted social centers – and how they relate to both housing struggles and waves of more general protest.  The Urban Politics of Squatters' Movements belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the condition of urbanism in Europe – and especially in understanding those movements that, through their actions, make it clear that another city is indeed possible.” (Don Mitchell, Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden and author of The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space and general editor of Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Have Shaped a City)

”Nine West European cities that have been sites of enduring squatters movements provide the basis of this richly empirical as well as comparative study by scholar-activists, all involved in the Squatting Europe Kollective (SqEK). Parallels as well as distinct differences between Northern and Southern Europe come to the fore, and the chapters reveal how, in the period from the 1960s to the very present, nationally and locally specific conditions have shaped the agendas, cycles, forms of legalization, repression and cooptation of this very specific type of urban movement. If you are tired of the recent wave of nostalgic literatures romanticizing past squatting movements, this collection by SqEK members provides a perfect antidote: historical analysis that is forward-looking and contextualizing squatting movements within respective conjunctures of urban protest. ” (Margit Mayer, Professor, Free University of Berlin, Germany)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Politics of Squatting, Time Frames and Socio-Spatial Contexts

    Martínez López, Miguel A.

    Pages 1-21

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  • Socio-Spatial Structures and Protest Cycles of Squatted Social Centres in Madrid

    Martínez López, Miguel A.

    Pages 25-49

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  • Squatting Cycles in Barcelona: Identities, Repression and the Controversy of Institutionalisation

    Debelle, Galvão (et al.)

    Pages 51-73

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  • Shifting Socio-Spatial Contexts and the Space of Social Movements: Squatting in Seville

    Díaz-Parra, Ibán (et al.)

    Pages 75-97

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  • Occupations of Housing and Social Centers in Rome: A Durable Resistance to Neoliberalism and Institutionalization

    Mudu, Pierpaolo (et al.)

    Pages 99-120

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95314-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95313-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Urban Politics of Squatters' Movements
Editors
  • Miguel Angel Martínez López
Series Title
The Contemporary City
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95314-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95314-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95313-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 299
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour
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