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Slumming about: aesthetics, art and politics

Jones, Gareth A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9844-4547 (2011) Slumming about: aesthetics, art and politics. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 15 (6). pp. 696-706. ISSN 1470-3629

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13604813.2011.609017


Slums are categorised as having a deficit of infrastructure, income and adherence to norms and a surfeit of dirt, disease, violence and other pathologies. Slums are spaces of stigma, regardless of improvements to material or social conditions. This paper is concerned with how stigmatic representations of slums might be tackled. The paper considers how urbanists might understand the relationship between slums and aesthetics. Identifying different aesthetic registers, the paper argues that art projects can contest how aesthetics are constructed and how stigma may be challenged.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2011 12:41
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:32

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