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

Phelps, Nicholas A., Tarazona Vento, Amparo and Roitman, Sonia (2015) The suburban question: grassroots politics and place making in Spanish suburbs. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 3: 512-532. doi:10.1068/c13136

Author Phelps, Nicholas A.
Tarazona Vento, Amparo
Roitman, Sonia
Title The suburban question: grassroots politics and place making in Spanish suburbs
Journal name Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0263-774X
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1068/c13136
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 512
End page 532
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Pion
Collection year 2016
Language eng
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 Getafe and Badalona in metropolitan Madrid and Barcelona, respectively. In conclusion, we suggest that this enduring suburban question—of making the suburban urban—places them at the centre of contemporary metropolitan governance and politics. However, it also raises further issues for study—notably, the scalar politics in which suburban place making is empowered or constrained, the role of political parties and individual politicians on the place-making process, and the point at which grassroots politics of collective consumption becomes urban entrepreneurialism.
Keyword Suburbanisation
Grassroots politics
Collective consumption
Urban entrepreneurialism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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