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The Post-Political and Its DiscontentsSpaces of Depoliticization, Spectres of Radical Politics$
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Japhy Wilson and Erik Swyngedouw

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682973

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682973.001.0001

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The Enigma of Revolt:

The Enigma of Revolt:

Militant Politics in a ‘Post-Political’ Age

(p.279) 14 The Enigma of Revolt
The Post-Political and Its Discontents

Andy Merrifield

Edinburgh University Press

Is the city still the indispensable arena of any collective uprising? How to reassert the shapeless, formless, and boundless metropolis as a theoretical object and political object of progressive struggle? If the arena of politics no longer has a discernible form, what would be the form of that politics? What, exactly, is an urban politics today? What is the relationship between centrality and political encounter? Has “affinity” politics replaced class as the pivot of militant street encounter? This chapter rethinks the politics of protest in a “post-political” age of new digital media, while working through “the urban question” in the light of the recent “Occupy”.

Keywords:   Post-political, Urban question, Encounter, Revolt, Occupy

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