The Right to the City

Susan Bird, David Vakalis

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This paper is about human rights and activism. It draws on the work of
theorist Henri Lefebvre to argue for a right to the city, and explores a spatial
regulation of public space. Human rights associated with protest, or activism in
urban spaces, include the rights to free speech, movement and association. This
paper will interrogate legislation that runs contrary to these rights, in particular the
APEC Meeting (Police Powers) Act 2007 (NSW). It examines the experiences of
an excluded person under the Act, and asks what qualities are being prioritised in
dominant, conservative visions of the city. It calls for an inclusive, diverse and
creative public space to challenge urban dystopias.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActivating Human Rights and Peace
Subtitle of host publicationUniversal Responsibility Conference 2008 Conference Proceedings
EditorsDr. Rob Garbutt
Place of PublicationLismore
PublisherSouthern Cross University
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9804980-5-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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