Institute of Sociology
of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Tykanova E.V. The city as a territory of inequality: contestation of garage spots demolition in St. Petersbur. Petersburgian Sociology Today, 2017, pp.150-159.



Tykanova E.V. The city as a territory of inequality: contestation of garage spots demolition in St. Petersbur. Petersburgian Sociology Today, 2017, pp.150-159.
ISSN 2308-3166

Posted on site: 18.12.17

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Abstract

The article discusses the opportunities of civic participation for city dwellers in the urban decision making. The theoretical background of the article are L. Thevenots pragmatic sociology and S. Arsteins ladder of citizen participation. The empirical base of the study is a series of semi-structured interviews with members of garage spots owners in St. Petersburg involved in urban contestation against massive garage demolition. I conclude that the owners of garage spots resort to a large range of instruments of urban space contestation in view of low efficacy of legal actions. Strong advocacy groups (city authorities and buildings developers) appeal largely to laws, but they employ a variety of other instruments for legitimating their actions as well. As a result, the interaction among urban activists and city authorities occurs on the level of therapy, informing and manipulation, according to Arsteins terminology.