Spatial dialectics and the geography of social movements: the case of Occupy London

  title={Spatial dialectics and the geography of social movements: the case of Occupy London},
  author={Sam Halvorsen},
  journal={Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers},
  • S. Halvorsen
  • Published 1 September 2017
  • Sociology
  • Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
This paper develops spatial dialectics as an analytical method capable of exposing and explaining the contradictions, dilemmas and tensions that cut through the spatialities of social movements. Despite scholarly recognition of internal divides in movements such as Occupy, there is greater need to conceptualise the inherently contradictory nature of social movements, in particular by reflecting on the role of spatiality. Building on recent work on multiple spatialities of activism, the paper… 
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