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#386 No escape from the neighbourhood: racism and anti-racist spaces in Madrid

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First name Stoyanka Middle name Andreeva Last name Eneva
Title Ms Organization / Institution Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Department Political science
Address c. Cabestreros 8, esc. ext., 4D Postal / Zip code 28012 Country ES
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Abstract title

No escape from the neighbourhood: racism and anti-racist spaces in Madrid

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Madrid has a long history of urban struggles regarding causes as housing, gentrification, public services, citizen participation and neighbourhood activism, among others. Over the last few years, anti-racist activism, previously concentrated around large NGOs and human rights discourses, has been transformed through frameworks of decoloniality, racialization and more radical antiracist demands. The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact that such mobilizations have on predominantly white social movements with a long trajectory in the city and how the demands of racialized and anti-racist collectives create conditions of possibility for divergent/convergent pathways of activism. Firstly, the paper discusses Madrid´s city model and the overlapping of economic inequality with an ethno-racial one that is reflected in the history of migrations, housing patterns, specific employment niches for the migrant and racialized population and in a huge wage inequality. In this way, the first part of the paper illustrates how ethno-racial inequality is producing the city and, on the other hand, how patterns of inequality and segregation, when normalized and depoliticized, also produce a normalization of discrimination. The second part focuses on the case study of Lavapies neighborhood, known for its social and ethno-racial mix and for its long history of activism. The paper discusses the limitations and the possibilities of identifying with the other, the more oppressed when you yourself are affected by a phenomenon of displacement. At the same time, it analyzes the emotional, ethical, and theoretical complexity of white activists to recognize themselves in a privileged position.

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Panel no. 88 - Emerging Urban Political Subjectivities: Synergies, Tensions, Contradictions and Transformations in Pluralizing Cities

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This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-08 17:20h by th-iuaes2020

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