What forms do conflicts take in nowadays cities tainted as they are by neoliberal logics that seek to prescribe, limit or determine specific uses and practices of space? By tracing a theoretical framework that brings together the main controversial conceptualizations social sciences have produced on social unrest, this article calls for the need to approach the notion of conflict by adopting an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective that focuses analysis on an urban local context. Within such a terrain, processes that deal with the urban- and its declension in the social, cultural and political sphere-would entail a kind of struggle for recognition within a wider global society that is deeply marked by the neoliberal imperatives that prescribe how to make and live the city. Likewise, to analyse "urban conflict" means no more than to write ethnographies of its different manifestations within space, not only as a mere form of resistance and opposition against "power", but primarily as an emergence, expression and tool of the urban.
|Translated title of the contribution||Struggling for the city in the neoliberal era. Towards an anthropology of urban conflict|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Quaderns de l'Institut Catala d'Antropologia|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|