“Fear, Disgust and Dignity”: The Securitisation of Everyday Life and the New Revanchism Against the Urban Subaltern in a Working-Class Area of Madrid

  • Begoña AramayonaEmail author


New progressive local governments (“municipalismos”) thought to be political experiments against neoliberalism at a local scale have emerged in big cities around the world. However, in Spain, this reality takes place in a context of intense economic crisis and a heritage of neoliberal policies, including the presence of a “governmentality” that repudiates and tries to make poverty invisible. In this paper, we analyse the complex network of interests in a working-class area at the outskirts of Madrid (Puente de Vallecas) that has suffered a long history of public disinvesting and is currently witnessing a process of urban renewal in its very early stages. The recent appearance of new informal drug dealers in the area has led to some spontaneous protests exerted by local residents. In this chapter, we address the ways in which resistance and (re-)appropriation strategies are exerted over the neighbourhood by different inhabitants and how fear, uncertainty and dignity collapse together in different—sometimes contradictory—discourses around “(in)security”. Particular attention is paid on how this tense scenario represents a classed and racialized struggle over the “moral ownership” of the place (Zukin 2011), and addresses some clues to understand the controversial role of Spanish new municipalities over current urban planning.


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  1. 1.Autonomous University of MadridMadridSpain

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