Beyond Spontaneity

@article{Dalakoglou2012BeyondS,
  title={Beyond Spontaneity},
  author={Dimitris Dalakoglou},
  journal={City},
  year={2012},
  volume={16},
  pages={535 - 545}
}
This article argues for the analytical potentials of the concept of spontaneity in our effort to understand critically the socio-spatial dynamics of Athens, but especially the contemporary collective protest actions in the city. Such critical understanding emerges as a significant task given the current urgency to grasp the capitalist crisis and the collective reactions to it. However, taking into account the re-configuration of extreme-Right violence in the streets of Athens, the article… 

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