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Sharing CitiesA Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities$
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Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029728

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029728.001.0001

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Sharing Politics: The City as Public Realm

Sharing Politics: The City as Public Realm

(p.144) Sharing Politics: The City as Public Realm
Sharing Cities

Duncan McLaren

Julian Agyeman

The MIT Press

Chapter 3 explores political and cultural dimensions of the sharing city. It discusses the centrality of urban spaces to political and protest movements such as the Arab Spring and Occupy; and how such movements now equally depend on public cyberspace. It explores ways in which sharing can underpin democracy in practice, building social capital, supporting a healthy public realm, and challenging the hold of consumerism on identity. It focuses on communal forms of sharing, for example considering the role of collaborative leisure, and taking a close look at streetlife and other opportunities for the development of interculturalism. Finally it examines ways in which sharing is emerging in the practices of urban governance, highlighting key challenges to urban democracy in land ownership and taxation.

Keywords:   Occupy, interculturalism, urban governance, communal sharing, consumerism, Medellín, social urbanism, metro-cable, library parks, participatory budgeting

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