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

Bibliographical note

This research has been funded by the Lower Saxonian Ministry of Science and Culture, in coordination with the Volkswagen Foundation (Niedersächsisches Vorab: Lower Saxonian - Israeli Research Cooperation, grant code VWZN3166). We thank the many interviewees for sharing their time and thoughts with us. We also thank the journal’s editors and reviewers for their helpful remarks and suggestions. Special thanks go to Marie Hoop for her help and support. This joint research project was financially supported by the state of Lower-Saxony, Hanover, Germany; the selection process was organized by the Volkswagen Foundation. Part of the research was financed with the help of the Max Kampelman Chair for Democracy and Human Rights.

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