Infrastructures of Dissent: Place, Text, and Activism in Radical Independent Bookstores
Kimberly Kinder Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Across the country, people are mobilizing to defend progressive political ideals, but activism is not evenly distributed. Like flows of capital and chains of migration, activism gets structured into geographic circuits with pathways and hotspots. In this presentation, Dr. Kinder explores how people route social activism in and out of the built environment. Using examples from radical independent booksellers, Kinder analyzes the material, territorial, and symbolic strategies people use to convert retail environments into resources for political engagement. The analysis emphasizes place-making as an activist technique transforming everyday spaces into transformational spaces for empowerment and dissent.
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