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The Limits of Resistance in Public Spaces

The Limits of Resistance in Public Spaces 705051 SACXXX10.1177/1206331217705051Space and CultureFrers and Meier editorial2017 Editorial Space and Culture 2017, Vol. 20(2) 124 –126 The Limits of Resistance © The Author(s) 2017 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav in Public Spaces https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331217705051 DOI: 10.1177/1206331217705051 journals.sagepub.com/home/sac 1 2 Lars Frers and Lars Meier From demonstrations, jaywalking, and graffiti to guerrilla gardening, public space can be used to stage multiple forms of resistance. These practices oppose dominant orders and the rules of established structures. They range from the micropolitical and ephemeral, such as revisualizing space through artistic work (Murphy & O’Driscoll, 2015), to more permanent restructurings of the material and political orders of public spaces. Acts of resistance carry very different personal risks for the activist and can even result in torture or even death. Examples of the homeless who challenge rules by occupying public spaces (Casey, Goudie, & Reeve, 2008) or by establishing temporary dwellings (Meier & Frank, 2016) can show the limits of resistance. The homeless might get chased away, demonstrations eventually end, and graffiti can be removed. While traces of previous resistance might remain and be remembered by some, the afterlife of instances of resistance is often obscure and not accessible to everyone in a diverse society (Frers, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Space and Culture SAGE

The Limits of Resistance in Public Spaces

Space and Culture , Volume 20 (2): 3 – May 1, 2017

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705051 SACXXX10.1177/1206331217705051Space and CultureFrers and Meier editorial2017 Editorial Space and Culture 2017, Vol. 20(2) 124 –126 The Limits of Resistance © The Author(s) 2017 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav in Public Spaces https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331217705051 DOI: 10.1177/1206331217705051 journals.sagepub.com/home/sac 1 2 Lars Frers and Lars Meier From demonstrations, jaywalking, and graffiti to guerrilla gardening, public space can be used to stage multiple forms of resistance. These practices oppose dominant orders and the rules of established structures. They range from the micropolitical and ephemeral, such as revisualizing space through artistic work (Murphy & O’Driscoll, 2015), to more permanent restructurings of the material and political orders of public spaces. Acts of resistance carry very different personal risks for the activist and can even result in torture or even death. Examples of the homeless who challenge rules by occupying public spaces (Casey, Goudie, & Reeve, 2008) or by establishing temporary dwellings (Meier & Frank, 2016) can show the limits of resistance. The homeless might get chased away, demonstrations eventually end, and graffiti can be removed. While traces of previous resistance might remain and be remembered by some, the afterlife of instances of resistance is often obscure and not accessible to everyone in a diverse society (Frers,

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