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XII Congreso de la FES

To what extent urban social movements function as politicization processes for its participants

GT 20 Movimientos Sociales, Acción Colectiva y Cambio Social

Autor/a
Evin Deniz (Freelance)

Programa:

Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 2 : MOVIMIENTOS URBANOS, DINÁMICAS ESPACIALES Y TERRITORIALIDAD EN LA ACCIÓN COLECTIVA I
Responsable(s): Adriana Razquin Mangado (Universidad de Cádiz)
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: jueves, 30 de junio de 2016
Hora: 16:00 a 18:00
Lugar: 101

This paper examines to what extent urban social movements lead to politicize their participants. This question is even more important due to the urban character of the current global economic crisis triggered by the last forty years of neoliberal policies. This research is based on a recently completed qualitative investigation into the struggle of a squatter neighborhood in Dikmen Valley. Dikmen Valley is a neighborhood in central Ankara, Turkey, that has been struggling since 2006 against displacement by an urban regeneration project.In order to examine the politicizing effects of the struggle on the residents, it focuses on current discussions of two of Lefebvre’s influential notions: “the right to the city” and “encounters.” This analysis shows that, along with the powerful discourse on rights, the encounters experienced by the neighborhood’s residents during their struggle have led to the reestablishment of the neighborhood’s identity, to new social relations in Dikmen Valley and beyond, to the politicization of its residents. On the other hand, it is worth to discuss to what extent this politicization comes to fruition by examining the demands of the struggle and difference between their discourse and the negotiations with the institutions.

Palabras clave: neoliberal urbanism, urban regeneration, right to the city, encounters, politicization, Dikmen Valley, Ankara, Turkey