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Chapter 2: The Neighbourhood as a Place for (Urban) Politics1

The Neighbourhood as a Place for (Urban) Politics1

The neighbourhood as a place for (urban) politics
Katherine HankinsDeborah Martin

Introduction

Urban politics often implies a local politics, or neighbourhood politics. In this chapter, we examine the notion of politics as local or neighbourhood oriented. We explore common conceptualizations of ‘neighbourhood’ and argue, ultimately, that neighbourhoods should be considered as every day, momentary and instanci-ated bundles of place identities and relationalities (Pierce et al., 2011) which requires us to question whether neighbourhood politics are necessarily local. We think through neighbourhood as a relational place that has the inherent potential to invoke politics. We then problematize this potential by examining the meaning of politics, drawing from the conceptualizations of ‘the police’ and ‘politics’ as expressed by Jacques Rancière. Drawing ...

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