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Youth Urban Worlds. Aesthetic Political Action in Montreal. Edition No. 1. IJURR Studies in Urban and Social Change Book Series

  • ID: 5187123
  • Book
  • March 2021
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Both theoretically informed and empirically rich, Youth Urban Worlds explores how urban cultures affect political action amongst youth.

  • Argues that urban cultures challenge the very meaning and contours of the political process
  • Includes ethnographies, delving into the perspectives and knowledges of racialized youth, urban farmers, and “voluntary risk takers,” like dumpster divers, building climbers, and student protestors
  • Theorizes that aesthetics are an increasingly crucial form of political action in the contemporary urban setting and explains the impact of aesthetics on the political
  • Examines the centrality of fun, warmth, aesthetics, and embodiment to these youth’s experience of being in the world
  • Explains how youth are able to practically and concretely impact the political process through the performance of risky and disruptive behavior
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Series Editors’ Preface


Introduction Voices From Montreal

Space–Time–Affect: The Urban Logic of Political Action

Acting Aesthetically: Political Gestures, Political Acts, and Political Action

Youth Urban Worlds

The Global Urban Political Moment of the 2010s: Youthfulness in Action

Montreal in a World of Cities

A Methodological Note

The Organization of the Book


1 Montreal and the Urban Moment

Montreal’s Politico-Sensuous Feel

Montreal’s Place in the Global Urban Cultures of the 1960s and 1970s

Changing Relations to Time

Changing Relations to Space



2 The Urban Political World of Racialized Youth: Moving Through and Being Moved By Saint-Michel and Little Burgundy

Moving Through Saint-Michel and Little Burgundy with an Epistemology of Blackness

Being Moved: Representations and Affective Aesthetic Relations

Racialization: Disembodied Profiling Entangled With Embodied Racist Encounters



3 The Urban Political World of Student Strikers

Becoming a Striker: Pregnant Moments ‘Breaking the Real’

Walking the City: Space During and After the Strike

The Political Effects of Seduction and Provocation



4 Cultivating the City: ‘It’s Not Just Growing Food, It’s a Lot More Than That’

Embodied Experiences of the Spatialities and Circulation of Food Commodities in the City

The Urban Logic of Action of Urban Agriculture Practices

Seduction and Attraction in the Garden



5 The Urban Political World of ‘Risk-Takers’: Provocative Choreographic Power 

The Risk-Management Context

Urban Dancers and Diviners: Choreographic Power as Political Action

Voluntary Risk-Takers? Fear and Youth Politics

Collective Edgework: Distributed Agency Through Provocation and Seduction




Forms of Aesthetic Politics Influenced by Youthfulness and Contemporary Conditions of Urbanity

Montreal in a World of Cities


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Julie-Anne Boudreau
Joelle Rondeau
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