Political culture and contention in cities

Annual RC21 Conference 2011

The struggle to belong. Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), July 7-9 2011

Session 23.

Political culture and contention in cities


Luca Pattaroni, Laboratory of Urban Sociology. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Email: luca.pattaroni@epfl.ch

Tommaso Vitale, Centre d’études européennes (CEE), Sciences Po Paris. Email: tommaso.vitale@sciences-po.fr

Discussant: Peer-to-peer discussion.

Session 1. Chairs: Luca Pattaroni and Tommaso Vitale

Diversity and Regeneration Policies: The Challenge of Representation.


• Tarık Şengül ((Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey;), Nazım Akkoyunlu (City Planner, Istanbul) : “Resisting Together Against the Urban Transformation Projects: A difficult alliance between the squatter Residents and middle class professionals”.

• Agnès Deboulet (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-la Villette, France) : “Urban discontents between bargains and social justice : strategizing social mix in regeneration issues”.

• Roberta Marzorati (Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca): “Will the real Raval please stand up?. Identity, contentious dynamics and the issue of representation”.

• Azat Z. Gundogan (Binghamton University, USA: “Neo-Ottomanist Urbanism and Contentious Politics in Turkey”.

Distributed paper

1. Siún Carden (Queen’s University, Ireland) : “Difference and Division: representing Irishness in Belfast’s Gaeltacht Quarter”.

2. Paul Mepschen (Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Netherlands) : “Place, voice, representation. Shifting boundaries of class and culture in Amsterdam New West”.


Round Table. Chairs: Tommaso Vitale and Luca Pattaroni

Whose Representation? The Demanding Mobilization of Urban Diversity.

• Paolo Vignolo (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)  : “Cultural diversity as a rhetorical tool of gentrification practices?  The case of the “Plan Centro” in Bogotá, Colombia”.

• Walter Nicholls (University of Amsterdam), Justus Uitermark (Erasmus University Rotterdam) : “Rules and divides. A comparison of minority politics in Amsterdam and Los Angeles, 1970-2010”.

• Francesca Artioli (Sciences Po Paris, France) : “Transforming the city: framing dynamics, the breakout of conflict, and political risk management in Toulon’s urban policies”.

• Stella Arar (Durham University, USA), “The struggle to belong: Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings”.

Distributed papers:

1. Hans Pruijt (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam) : “Urban Squatting and the Gap Between New Social Movements and Poor People’s Movements”.

2. Enrico Gualini (Berlin University of Technology, Germany) : “Negotiating Stuttgart 21, or: how (not so easily) to reconstruct democracy through deliberative practices”.








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