OUTRAGED SPATIALITIES: THE PRODUCTION OF PUBLIC SPACE IN THE #SPANISHREVOLUTION

Alvaro Sevilla-Buitrago, “Outraged spatialities: the production of public space in the #spanishrevolution,” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 18, 2015, 90-103.

This article was part of the Special Section that ACME dedicated to explore the ‘Geographies of 15-M: crisis, austerity and social movements in Spain’, including contributions by some of the protagonists of the new wave of political change in that country. The piece analyzes how the spatialities of the 15-M movement exceeded the limits of conventional politics, providing new criteria for understanding sociospatial and urban phenomena. The article discusses how public space, its representations and the spatialities associated with them have served as a support for, have determined and, ultimately, have been reshaped and transformed by the Spanish “indignados”, particularly in Madrid. Drawing on a series of theoretical approaches to the articulation of recent revolts, the deployment of a prefigurative politics and the occupation of public space, the author provides an experience-based account of the spatial constitution and effects of these connections in and around Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. 

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