Urban Protest: A Spatial Perspective on Kyiv, Minsk, and Moscow

Urban Protest: A Spatial Perspective on Kyiv, Minsk, and Moscow

Arve Hansen, Julie Wilhelmsen
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Urban space is an important part of the political environment-a place where people congregate to discuss, deliberate, and interact with each other. In times of great public discontent, people often turn to urban spaces to make their opinions heard and to demand change, with varying degrees of success. How are mass protests affected by the urban public space in which they occur? This book provides a theoretical model to analyze city spaces, based on the use of theories from political science, urban planning, and sociology. Hansen' s approach consists of a mapping of the causal mechanisms between spatial elements, the political environment, and their combined effects on protests. This mapping is applied to three case studies-Kyiv, Minsk, and Moscow. In addition to the spatial perspective model, Urban Protest provides new insights as to how the interactions in space occur, and demonstrates how geography can create limitations and opportunities in a large variety of ways.
"An important contribution to a complicated and multi-faced research topic which is of acute relevance in the region under study. Hansen' s spatial perspective may also be fruitfully applied to cases beyond the former Soviet space. " -Andrii Portnov, Professor of history, European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder) "Focusing on three case studies (Moscow, Kyiv, and Minsk), Hansen presents a rich, insightful, andvaluable contribution to the research on protest and space. " -Bjarge Schwenke Fors, Head of Department, The Barents Institute (Kirkenes)
Andreas Umland is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for European Security in the Institute of International Relations at Prague, Principal Researcher of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation at Kyiv, and General Editor of the ibidem-Verlag book series Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society.