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Title: Lisbon's red belt: a cautionary tale on politicisation and depoliticisation of the urban realm
Authors: Drago, A.
Keywords: Politicisation
Urban political
Communist party
The political
Urban ontology
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: Within the making of Portuguese liberal‐representative democracy, the Portuguese Communist Party became a major actor in local government in urban deprived peripheries, shaping Lisbon's Red Belt. In this article, we analyse the communist discourse on the Portuguese urban question, showing how it politicised the urban as a site of unevenness and deprivation, but simultaneously depoliticised it by refusing to acknowledge it as a proper space for conflict. This historical account leads us to a critical debate with proposals that discuss urban politicisation by ontologising “the urban” or “the political”—we argue that these approaches tend to be less helpful in understanding processes of contingent, partial and inter‐related forms of politicisation/depoliticisation of the urban in itself. In contrast, we argue for a more attentive theorisation on politicisation–depoliticisation of the urban condition as a most valuable path to grasp situated formulations of citizenship and, hence, configurations of political regimes.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1111/anti.12423
ISSN: 0066-4812
Accession number: WOS:000454708900005
Appears in Collections:DINÂMIA'CET-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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