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Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith, and Stephen Hall

reproduced. Only at the cost of losing almost all our agency can we escape our individual and collective roles in the production of reliance systems. Most reliance systems fit into a simpler term that has become more and more important in recent years: infrastructure. To some, this may mean that they do not belong at the centre of an interesting or important politics. We need the trains to run on time and the water to be clean, but ‘real politics’ is supposedly about rights and power, sovereignty and global justice, markets and solidarity. Questions

in The spatial contract
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The topos of/for a post-politics of images?
Anne-Laure Amilhat Szary

illegal border crossings of that region. By putting himself in the position of a surveillance officer, and using the types of images that are typically associated with controlling flows (of migrants and the smuggling of illegal goods), Missika appeared to offer the viewers of his video unprecedented means of action, as if counter-visualisation could be a way of engaging into politics (cf. Monahan, 2006 ). 7.1 A still

in Border images, border narratives
Pragmatism and politics in place 
Alice E. Huff

Introduction The negotiation of difference is a central concern of democratic politics. In wrestling with empirical and normative questions of difference, scholars have drawn on agonistic democratic theory to illuminate problematic ways of managing pluralism and advocate for adversarial conflict as a check against neoliberal governance strategies ( Derickson and MacKinnon, 2015 ; Featherstone, 2008 ; Purcell, 2008 ; Swyngedouw, 2009 ). Without discounting these important interventions, I argue that Deweyan pragmatism’s emphasis on contextualism

in The power of pragmatism
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Building a healthy spatial contract
Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith, and Stephen Hall

Around the world, more and more people are realizing that we need to pay greater attention to the core systems we depend upon for survival. Not only are systems such as housing, transportation, food, energy, water, waste, education, healthcare and more central to our basic needs as humans, and to our basic freedoms, they are increasingly vulnerable to both exploitation by the powerful and disruption by the climate crisis. This book has worked to develop a three-part framework for thinking about the politics of these systems. It is an

in The spatial contract
Chiara Certomà, Martin Sondermann, and Susan Noori

determine how those spaces get used. (Tracey, 2007: 32) Introduction It seems that there are plenty of reasons to separate the humble, simple, minimal act of planting tomatoes from the noble and ambitious act of contesting the multiple manifestations of injustice. Consequently, urban gardening practices have been considered a trivial object of research for a long time, far from serious societal and political studies. Nevertheless, by seeing everyday practices as a form of political resistance (de Certeau, 1984), cultural geographers, urban planners and social scientists

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith, and Stephen Hall

Thus far, we have worked to establish two critical points. First, human freedom is realized in reliance systems, social and material systems that have to be constantly made and remade. These systems, no matter our individual capacities, are always collectively produced. Second, these reliance systems are governed by a set of formal and informal political agreements which we call spatial contracts. Spatial contracts are spatial and not exclusively social because they are rooted in the materiality of specific systems, and thus in both space, place

in The spatial contract

This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.

A pragmatist notion of critique as mediation 
Klaus Geiselhart

Introduction The talk-show host Stephen Colbert satirically introduced the term ‘truthiness’ in 2005, referring to his observation of political rhetoric whereby the belief in what you feel to be true is privileged over what the facts support. ‘Post-truth’ became the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016, defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” ( Oxford Dictionaries, 2016 ). Both terms were discussed in connection with the rise

in The power of pragmatism
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Renegotiating the Irish border
Sara McDowell

8 Flocking north: renegotiating the Irish border Sara McDowell According to Beck and Sznaider (2010: 390), capital ‘tears down all national boundaries and jumbles together the “native” with the “foreign”’ producing new patterns of consumption and mobility. But, where the national boundary is one of contention, and the identities of those on either side even more so, the influence of economics on a political divide is more difficult to determine. The changing economic fortunes of both the Republic of Ireland (the South) and Northern Ireland (the North) since 2007

in Spacing Ireland
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An international political economy of work
Louise Amoore

6 Conclusion: an international political economy of work I n the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, we are living in an era of social transformation that has been defined by the concept of globalisation, just as it has been shaped by programmes of restructuring carried out in the name of globalisation. Yet, our era is also one in which people’s concrete experiences of transformation are diverse and contradictory. While for some, living in a GPE means holding and managing a portfolio of shares, business travel for a MNC, and increased prosperity

in Globalisation contested