15 Apr 13 // Enrico Gualini: Contentious mobilization and agonistic pluralism in urban development // HU Berlin

Contentious mobilization and agonistic pluralism in urban development: exploring the transformative potentials of local conflicts

Think&Drink Kolloquium im Sommersemester 2013 // 15. April 2013 // 18:00 Uhr

Wie schon in den vergangenen Semenster laden auch diesem Mal der Lehrbereich Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie und das Georg-Simmel-Zentrum für Metropolenforschung gemeinsam zum wöchentlichen Think & Drink Kolloquium alle Interessierten ein und präsentieren eine Reihe hochklassige internationale Gastreferenten. Den Auftakt macht Prof. Enrico Gualini (TU Berlin). Sein Vortrag trägt den Titel: Contentious mobilization and agonistic pluralism in urban development: exploring the transformative potentials of local conflicts.

Contestation and conflict in urban development are gaining renewed attention in manifold perspectives. Whether from scholarly perspectives of political sociology or political philosophy, or in the framework of discourses on public ethics, social justice, and democratization or, more often so, in complex combinations thereof – urban conflicts are seen, once again, as key performative moments for political affirmation and for regaining meaning to ‘the political’.

Against this background, and based on critical analysis of recent contentious episodes, this presentation proposes to address a specific perspective which, although traditionally central to conflict research, seems to have been recently rather sidelined in urban studies: the transformative character of local conflicts, i.e. the potentials and constraints for contentious mobilization to induce policy change and political innovation in local contexts. In view of developing a research programme centered on this perspective, it argues that research on local conflicts can benefit from incorporating into its heuristics a critical orientation to outcomes and, accordingly, from combining theoretical contributions from critical-interpretive policy analysis and from social movements research in inquiring into the relational, interactive and coevolutive nature of the processes involved.

Das Kolloquium findet in der Vorlesungszeit immer Montags von 18 bis 20 Uhr in Raum 002 in der Universitätsstraße 3b statt.

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