Journal article

The suburban question: grassroots politics and place making in Spanish suburbs

NA Phelps, AT Vento, S Roitman

Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy | SAGE Publications | Published : 2015

Abstract

Manuel Castells spoke of the urban as a unit of collective consumption, yet much of the politics of collective consumption he documented was evident in the suburbs. The tendency for suburbs of most complexions to lack services and amenities has been and continues to be a focus of politics in Europe. In Spain, as elsewhere in Europe, a grassroots politics surrounding the making good of these deficits in basic services and amenities has broadened and formalised somewhat to become part of a competitive local representative politics concerned with shaping a sense of place. Here we consider this legacy of grassroots politics as it has played out more recently in a politics of place making in Geta..

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