Introduction: The Politics of Squatting, Time Frames and Socio-Spatial Contexts

  • Miguel A. Martínez López
Part of the The Contemporary City book series (TCONTCI)


Martínez provides a general introduction to the book by presenting the aims of the collective research which was undertaken by the contributors. This chapter constructs a theoretical framework with the main concepts that served as a guideline for the writing of individual chapters. In particular, Martínez focuses on the notions of ‘protest cycle’ and ‘socio-spatial structures’ and applies them to the study of squatters’ movements. The distinction between squatting practices and movements is also introduced. A final section notes the comparative approach based on specific databases for each city.


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  • Miguel A. Martínez López
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  1. 1.IBF (Institute for Housing and Urban Research)University of UppsalaUppsalaSweden

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