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|Manfredo Manfredini M.
|Affirmatively reading deterritorialisation in urban space: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective
Manfredo Manfredini M. Affirmatively reading deterritorialisation in urban space: An Aotearoa/New Zealand perspective,Territories, Environments, Politics: Explorations in Territoriology
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|In contemporary cities, accelerating socioeconomic dynamism and mediatisation foster progressive spatial metastability and intense urban restructuring that produce unprecedented disruptive sociospatial deterritorialisations. Led by market forces, such deterritorialisations break the relationality of urban commons, establish regimes of fabricated consensus and alienate urban communities. In urbanism, an inadequate reception of specific theoretical instruments hinders the capacity to appropriately address the implications of this process in the unprecedented social and environmental crises. To tackle these issues, I offer a theoretical analysis of key elements of the theory of deterritorialisation centred on the works of Lefebvre on spatial production, Deleuze and Guattari on machinic assembling, and Rancière on equality by disagreement. I submit that such an escalating disruptive process of deterritorialisation not only intensifies the alienating exploitation of dominant market forces, but also exacerbates the intrinsic contradictions of the systems implemented by those forces, thus triggering powerful antagonist counterforces. I discuss such an affirmative reading of alienation-by-deterritorialisation by disentangling the complex symbiotic antagonism of the opposing deterritorialisation processes of alienating overcoding and relational decoding. I use evidence from my research that uses a conjunctural comparative methodology to study the main examples of extractive urbanism of neoliberal regimes: the commons’ dispossessing enclosures of simulated and commodified civicness of the ultra-modern commercial centres. © 2022 selection and editorial matter, Andrea Mubi Brighenti and Mattias Kärrholm; individual chapters, the contributors.