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Cities of Refuge, Rebel Cities, and the City to Come

Cities of Refuge, Rebel Cities, and the City to Come

Chapter:
(p.253) 10 Cities of Refuge, Rebel Cities, and the City to Come
Source:
Administering Interpretation
Author(s):
Giovanna Borradori
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823283798.003.0011

As the processes of globalization transform cities into nodes of accumulation of financial and symbolic capital, it is fair to assume that urban contexts have never been more vulnerable to the systemic imperatives of the market. It is thus surprising that cities continue to be the site where the deepest social and political transformations come to the surface. What, then, preserves the city as a space of dissent? The claim of this chapter is that a critical reflection on the political agency of Northern and Southern cities has to start from asking what it means today to occupy the pavement of their streets. The argument explored here is that, in this age of molecular neoliberal encroachment and restructuring, it is a certain experience of dispossession, rather than the quest for identification and recognition, that makes the city the core of a shared experience of refuge and resistance.

Keywords:   deconstruction, dissent, J. Butler, J. Derrida, E. Levinas, neoliberalism, occupation, recognition, refuge, resistance

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