Challenging Neoliberal Nationalism in Urban Space: Transgressive Practices and Spaces in Skopje
Ophélie Véron examines in her chapter issues of power, transgression and resistance in a post-socialist, ‘divided’ city. Based on fieldwork in Skopje (Macedonia), she investigates how neoliberal governments may use nation branding in urban space to respond to economic globalisation and assert their power, and how, in turn, the city may be a place of resistance where power is contested and public space reappropriated. Comparing the city as it is conceived by its elites to the city as it is lived by urban inhabitants, her chapter scrutinises cases of transgression to hegemonic representations. It explores how individual practices may contest, subvert, or disrupt fixed scenarios, and considers how counter-cultural spaces relate to social, ethnic and nationalist divisions.
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