Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Shaw
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Geographers studying protest movements have brought attention to the social and spatial contexts in which political action is constituted. As the legal right to protest has become more and more restricted in many Western, activists have had to seek new times and spaces for protest, with protest camps having risen alongside the anti-austerity movement since 2011. The ongoing Nuit Debout protests in Paris have turned explicitly to night, drawing on experience of previous protests to colonise this timespace on a recurring basis, laying to claim to the night as a moment for protest. This paper therefore uses the case of Nuit Debout to consider more widely how night shapes (urban) protest movements. I argue that the move to the night might be seen as an attempt to find a timespace in which a more open and creative politics is possible, strategically responding to the reduction in the freedom to protest in the more heavily surveyed day. I explore how the specific characteristics of night have both facilitated innovation at Nuit Debout and other sites, but also the restrictions that night has brought. More broadly, this helps us understand the changing dynamics of urban spaces and rhythms as night-time activity intensifies.
Author(s): Shaw Robert
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Political Geography
Print publication date: 01/07/2017
Online publication date: 30/05/2017
Acceptance date: 16/05/2017
Date deposited: 17/05/2017
ISSN (print): 0962-6298
ISSN (electronic): 1873-5096
Publisher: Pergamon Press
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