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This panel addresses issues of power, trangression and participation in the production and transformation of postindustrial cities. It examines the politics and practices of space-making, construction of postindustrial communities, challenges of working and living in a postindustrial urban context.
The panel focuses on setting, bending and breaking the rules of/in postindustrial cities. Different social orders, political and economic hierarchies and a number of social agents come into play in the remaking of the former industrial localities. Rules become visible in the numerous spheres of postindustrial urban life. They are present in the redefinition and use of spaces that get neglected, devastated, abandoned, but also revitalised and repurposed after deindustrialisation. They regulate work strategies and tactics through which people find new strongholds in changed socio-economic conditions. They also affect the development and transformations of postindustrial communities, as well as the ways of life in the former industrial areas and neighbourhoods. Finally, rules direct the production of industrial heritage, as well as mechanisms of branding the city as postindustrial.
The aim of this panel is to discuss ways in which the rules of postindustrial city-making are made, affirmed, negotiated, questioned or transgressed. We focus on various forms of agency and participation that address environmental and health problems, quality of life, gentrification tendencies and the question of how to repurpose industrial spaces to meet the needs of diverse social groups and individuals. Those include responses of industrial neighbourhoods to transformation trends and imply their active role in urban regeneration. We are especially interested in urban sustainability and strategies through which people can attain visions of a better urban future in the postindustrial context. We invite ethnographically grounded and theoretical papers that discuss those processes.