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Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities


Routledge, New York



This collection of twenty-one essays by anthropologists, scholars, architects, geographers, and artists highlights narratives about the ways in which marginalized city dwellers have reclaimed public spaces. Citing the decrease in conventional public space afforded by plazas and city parks through regulation and conversion into privately operated malls and festival marketplaces, these essays provide compelling examples of “smaller yet grander” public spaces remade through acts of insurgency. Temporary events, guerrilla acts, and ad hoc appropriations by individuals and small grassroots groups acting without state subsidies or infrastructure are shown capable of fostering a more open and inclusive public space. Insurgent Public Spaces emphasizes stories of the Asia-Pacific region.

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