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When cultural workers become an urban social movement. Political subjectification and alternative cultural production in the Macao movement, Milan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2015 (English)In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409, Vol. 47, no 3, 643-659 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper explores the relationship between cultural production and insurgent political activity.  The specific context for the study is the urban cultural movement of Macao in Milan. Macao is an urban social movement that aims to challenge neoliberal cultural production and neoliberal urban politics through alternative cultural production models. The overarching argument is that Macao pursues its subjectification process through aesthetic tactics: the process of the formation of a political subject passes through arts and creative expressions to impact and re-configure the sensible domain. This collective subject is created: first, by re-appropriating urban spaces; second, by enacting alternative practices of cultural production; third, by guerrilla branding tactics. Ultimately, the paper explores the potential of alliances between urban struggles and struggles over commodification and exploitation of culture.  

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2015. Vol. 47, no 3, 643-659 p.
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urban social movement, cultural production, subjectification, activism, aesthetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-237044DOI: 10.1068/a140096pISI: 000352365600010OAI: diva2:766174
Available from: 2014-11-26 Created: 2014-11-26 Last updated: 2015-05-12Bibliographically approved

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