Urban politics and the social practices of critique and justification: conceptual insights from French pragmatism

Crispian Fuller*

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Abstract

Recent times have witnessed a growing belief in urban spaces as 'assemblages' produced through interwoven and spatially differentiated forces that converge at particular sites. There is also continuing interest in the nature of neoliberal tendencies and the rise of post-politics and democracy in urban governance. These accounts typically lack attention towards the comprehensive conceptualization of the heterogeneous logics and mechanics of relations and negotiations between actors. This paper seeks to advance these perspectives by exploring the potential contribution of French pragmatism thinking to how social life is produced through practical dialogue between actors through critique, argumentation and justification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-657
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume37
Issue number5
Early online date21 Dec 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • assemblages
  • French pragmatism
  • neoliberalism
  • post-democracy/politics
  • urban politics

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