Springer, S. (2011). Public space as emancipation: Meditations on anarchism, radical democracy, neoliberalism and violence. Antipode, 43(2), 525–562. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00827.x
The author argues for a theory whereby radical democracy can potentially repeal the violence of archies by dispersing power over an entire social body. Utopian politics should be replaced with a perpetual democratic process that acknowledges agonism rather than treating politics as a latent energy found in all cities. Public space allows frustrated subaltern groups from below to materially locate their anger and is aimed at management-without-rule and contestation-without-suppression. The author suggests the need for a perpetual contestation of the alienating effects of neoliberalism and advocates a form of radical democracy allowing dissent and difference that goes towards co-constituted anarchism through seeking an agonistic public space.
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Theoretical inquiry into how an agnostic public space might become the basis of emancipation. Drew on relational, co-constitutive frameworks as critical in repealing archic power for a radical democratic ideal.
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