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Performing Resistance: Liminality, Infrapolitics, and Spatial Contestation in Contemporary Russia

Journal article
Authors Christian Fröhlich
Kerstin Jacobsson
Published in Antipode
Volume 51
Issue 4
Pages 1146-1165
ISSN 0066-4812
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Pages 1146-1165
Language en
Keywords infrapolitics, liminality, protest tactics, public space, resistance, Russia
Subject categories Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology), Sociology


© 2019 The Authors. Antipode © 2019 Antipode Foundation Ltd. This article explores protest tactics in Russian cities, stressing the liminality of spatial contestation practices. In this authoritarian context, spatial contestation typically has a liminal character, where citizens employ strategic ambiguity of their actions vis-á-vis (a) legal regulations, (b) official discourse, and (c) transcripts of legitimate behaviour. Showing how urbanites develop creative and subversive infrapolitical forms of resistance, the article contributes an analysis of the ways in which public space in the city can be appropriated from below, temporary protest communities formed and active citizenship claimed under non-democratic regime conditions.

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