Negotiating urban conflict: Conflicts as opportunity for urban democracy
19 June 2015
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Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This study argues that episodes of urban conflict can serve as a lens into the challenges that society presents to citizens
and to those responsible for governance. Struggles around representation, inequality, belonging, and governance are negotiated
among citizens, professionals, and policy practitioners at the street-level of urban neighborhoods. Therefore, the interactions
between stakeholders in situations of conflict can function as laboratories to understand how citizenship is performed through
informal and unconventional street-level practices. My study is the result of four years of ethnographic case study research
in which I immersed myself into the dramas of people who inhabit, govern, or practice in the urban environment. The study
reveals if, when, how, and where episodes of urban conflict can be understood as moments of opportunity for ‘negotiated democracy’.
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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