The spatialities of contentious politics
Article first published online: 1 APR 2008
© 2008 The Authors.
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Volume 33, Issue 2, pages 157–172, April 2008
How to Cite
Leitner, H., Sheppard, E. and Sziarto, K. M. (2008), The spatialities of contentious politics. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 33: 157–172. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2008.00293.x
- Issue published online: 1 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 1 APR 2008
- revised manuscript received 1 October 2007
- contentious politics;
- social movements;
- immigrant rights;
The question of how space matters to the mobilisation, practices and trajectories of contentious politics has frequently been represented as a politics of scale. Others have focused on place and networks as key spatialities of contentious politics. Yet there are multiple spatialities – scale, place, networks, positionality and mobility – that are implicated in and shape contentious politics. No one of these should be privileged: in practice, participants in contentious politics frequently draw on several at once. It is thus important to consider all of them and the complex ways in which they are co-implicated with one another, with unexpected consequences for contentious politics. This co-implication in practice, and its impact on social movements, is illustrated with the Immigrant Workers’ Freedom Ride in the United States.