Artistic City-zenship: How artists perceive and practice political agency in their cities

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Located in the theoretical triangle of urban, cultural, and political studies, this paper examines artists’ political engagement in cities. Applying a qualitative approach through inter-urban fieldwork in Hamburg and Hanover, Germany, and Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, we study how artists critically engage with their cities and urban spaces, and analyze how the artists’ themselves perceive and practice their own actions. Based on this, we offer a typology of artists’ attitudes and behavior patterns toward urban politics and policies, which we propose as a relevant theoretical tool for analyzing political engagement of artists in the urban environment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
Issue number4-5
Pages (from-to)471-489
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 28.05.2022

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