Mobilizing urban neighbourhoods: artivism, identity, and cultural sustainability

Dragićević Šešić, Milena; Brkić, Aleksandar and Matejić, Julija. 2015. Mobilizing urban neighbourhoods: artivism, identity, and cultural sustainability. In: , ed. Culture and surtainability in European cities: imagining Europolis. Routledge, pp. 193-205. ISBN 978-1-138-77841-2 [Book Section]

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By examining how the process of transition affected cultural sustainability of post-industrial medium-sized cities in Serbia, the paper is an attempt at providing answers to essential questions: What happened to the cultural needs and habits of the working class – once so significant during socialism? How its members re-articulate their citizenship nowadays? To what extent artists and cultural workers can help them reconsider sustainable development through bottom-up actions and participative projects? The research focuses on cities which used to be pride of socialist development in Serbia: Užice, Kragujevac, Bor and Majdanpek. Authors discuss the ways of creating sustainable communities through artistic actions and projects, by showing the extent in which such bottom-up activities contribute not only to the revitalization of different urban neighbourhoods in the context of (culture-led) sustainable development, but also to the rise of new developmental visions among the former working class.

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Europolis, post-industrial cities, cultural sustainability, working class, active citizenship, revitalization

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)
History > Centre for the Study of the Balkans (CSB)
Institute of Management Studies
Sociology > Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR)
Sociology > Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) [2016-]
Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)



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