Reading Development

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The City of the Global South and its Insurrections: Algiers, Cairo, Gaza, Chandigarh, and Kowloon

This presentation constitutes a rather shallow examination of five cities’ reciprocal influence between their urban fabric and their insurrections and counter-insurrections operations. These criminalizing discourses construct an imaginary of these neighborhoods that prepares the policed and/or militarized interventions against the urban fabric and its inhabitants. The insurrections evoked throughout this presentation are sometimes less the historical accomplishment of their inhabitants than a narrative forced upon them in order to (re)gain the full political control of these urban formations. As described in another recent article, the rhetorical use of “bastions” or “strongholds” to talk about these neighborhoods or other similar ones, contributes (more often than not, deliberately) to their transformation or demolition orchestrated by the State, sometimes including the very lives of their inhabitants (like in the case of Gaza).

[Read full article in The Fonambulist website]

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This entry was posted on Thursday, 3 December 2015 by in Politics and rights, Urban issues and tagged , , .
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