Urban Alternatives Through Cooperation: Autonomous Geographies and Recreational Running in Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Andrew BarnfieldEmail author


Based on an empirical study of recreational running clubs, this chapter offers a longitudinal view of ongoing material and discursive transformations associated with efforts to foster an alternative vision of life in the post-socialist urban context of Sofia, Bulgaria. In doing so, it contributes new understandings of autonomous geographies and attempts at fostering pluralistic alternative spaces across different urban contexts. Recreational running has the potential for creating alternative urban worlds through uses of space, bringing bodies together, and re-envisioning forms of collective practice. In identifying techniques for building new worlds through cooperation and re-envisioning corporeal politics, thinking with everyday utopias fosters the material and non-material methods of innovation, highlighting the potential of mundane actions to bring forth new urban worlds.


Autonomous geographies Running Affect Play Urban politics Heterotopia Sofia Spinoza 


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  1. 1.EuroHealthNetBrusselsBelgium

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