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Legitimacy pp 193-215 | Cite as

Detachment and Commitment to Legitimacy: The Case of Viger Square in Montreal

  • Nathalie Boucher
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

The City of Montréal is dismantling the Viger Square, whose layout and the presence of homeless persons have been passionately debated since the 1980s, when the abandoned Victorian park was converted into a modern space. Since 2008, Boucher has been involved as a participant-observer in initiatives by the Group-with-no-name to save the Square. Its activities exemplify the establishment and maintenance of legitimacy by a social group with social capital. Through lobbyism, the Group has engaged in a fine play of detachment and commitment that contributes to the establishment of the legitimacy of those involved. Here legitimacy emerges as a dynamic concept that relies on the perception of others but also works in opposition with others’ legitimacy, hence the concept of competing legitimacy.

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  1. 1.R.Es.P.I.R.E.MontrealCanada

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