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Ruchy miejskie: w stronę polityki
City movements: towards politics

Author(s): Jan Śpiewak
Subject(s): Government/Political systems, Politics and society, Rural and urban sociology, Radical sociology
Published by: Collegium Civitas
Keywords: urban movements; participation; neoliberalism; liberal democracy; politics; social movements;

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present the development trajectory of urban movements in Poland. Urban movements are form of social answer to the crisis of liberal democracy and the neoliberal system. The article focuses on the issue of politicization of various social problems. Urban movements politicize issues that were not part of the public debate before. The critique of civic participation is accompanied by an appreciation of conflict that can revitalize local democracy and fill it with social content. Urban movements are becoming a new dimension of citizen engagement. It remains to be seen whether their ideals are compatible with the rules of politics and the power struggle.

  • Issue Year: 7/2016
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 75-90
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish