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The Challenges of collaboration and democratic participation in turbulent and unsettled times

Watson, Sophie (2018). The Challenges of collaboration and democratic participation in turbulent and unsettled times. Tracce Urbane: Italian Journal of Urban studies, 3 pp. 66–74.

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Abstract

This paper proposes new key ways to thinking about self-organisation in cities in what, I suggest, are increasingly unsettled and turbulent times. The importance of thinking about self-organisation in cities is all the more salient in the current economic and social context where in many parts of the world there is a withdrawal by the state from public involvement and expenditure, which is impacting on urban citizens, particularly those who are vulnerable, in increasing negative ways. Self-organisation is thus an important and key direction for the future, if cities are to remain inclusive, just and responsive to local needs. Yet such self-organisation can only be truly meaningful and effective if it is conducted collaboratively and democratically, involving as many people as possible, particularly those whose voices are not often heard. In so doing, it is also important to recognise that such involvement and democratic participation are not always consensual; rather conflict is inevitable and potentially positive, as people learnt to recognise their differences, which are often implicated in power, and to negotiate solutions together.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISSN: 2532-6562
Keywords: democratic participation; unsettled; conflict
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56801
Depositing User: Sophie Watson
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 16:35
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56801
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