The game of participation in Amsterdam East: an alternative to the neoliberal or a neoliberal alternative

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Abstract

With a point of departure in a Bourdieusian framework, the chapter studies dynamics between participatory policymaking and the citizenry’s political agency in a gentrifying neighborhood in Amsterdam East. The analysis shows that gentrifiers, through their community building efforts and resourcefulness, are capable of creating political opportunities for the citizenry to become co-producers in the field of local policy implementation; this enabled social mobility and a creation of a civic democratic culture. At the same time, this alternative field of participation is not immune to reproducing effects related to gentrification and voluntarism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnabling Urban Alternatives
Subtitle of host publicationCrises, Contestation, and Cooperation
EditorsJens Kaae Fisker, Letizia Chiappini, Lee Pugalis, Antonella Bruzzese
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave McMillan
Chapter7
Pages133-155
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789811315312
ISBN (Print)9789811315305
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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