Terrains and Landscapes of Urban Politics

  • Jens Kaae FiskerEmail author


Based on a post-foundationalist, ‘weak’ theoretical framework, this chapter argues that an understanding of the strategic possibilities towards the production of alternative urban futures can be enhanced significantly if ‘the urban’ is reimagined as contested, cooperative, and cultivational terrains upon which urban politics unfold. To this end, an elaborate imagery is proposed with an outset in the metaphorical pairing of terrain and landscape to create a space of thought within which the complex intersectionality of urban politics can be grasped, explored, and analysed in novel and innovative ways. Use of the metaphorisation is exemplified by drawing on the well-researched case of the Argentinazo, an instance of contentious urban politics that played out in Buenos Aires in the beginning of the 2000s.


Weak theory Metaphor Post-foundationalism Terrain Landscape Gramsci Buenos Aires 


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  1. 1.Danish Centre for Rural Research, University of Southern DenmarkEsbjergDenmark

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