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Facing Commodification: Subaltern Tactics in a Working-Class Tokyo Neighbourhood

  • Nicolas Pinet
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Abstract

Nicolas Pinet’s chapter draws on a four-year ethnography in a working-class Tokyo neighbourhood. Building on the distinction between two meanings of the ‘political’ (one related to the institutionalised sphere of the ruling, the other to the social system of power relations and its transformation), he analyses subaltern politics as practices that allow their actors, collectively or individually, to free themselves from subordinate positions in the net of power relations. Through this theoretical lens, he observes an array of collective or individual political practices through urban gardens of homeless people in Tokyo that contest, bypass, or elude unfavourable power relations in the city. In this context, subaltern political practices notably take the form of tactics aimed at negotiating, mitigating, or escaping economic dependencies.

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  • Nicolas Pinet
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  1. 1.Laboratoire du changement social et politiqueUniversité Paris-DiderotParisFrance

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