Re-thinking Contemporary Activism: From Community to Emplaced Sociality

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between activism, sociality and place. It analyses a case-study of selected social relations produced through activities related to an urban social movement – the UK network of the international Cittàslow (Slow City) movement. It specifically examines how social relationships contribute to the human agency that Cittàslow activism involves. In a recent Cultural Studies analysis of the Cittàslow movement, Wendy Parkins and Geoffrey Craig (2006) have suggested that Cittàslow ‘communities’ drive processes of change. Here, following social anthropologists (Creed 2006; Amit in Amit & Rapport 2002) who call for an interrogation of the concept of ‘community’ in its local and academic uses, I propose a different analytical route. I suggest that Cittàslow activism is better understood by analysing how agency is produced through actual local embodied social relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-188
Number of pages26
JournalEthnos
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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