Enacting experimental alternative spaces

Fois, F ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6908-9726 2018, 'Enacting experimental alternative spaces' , Antipode, 51 (1) , pp. 107-128.

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Abstract

This paper analyses the experimental nature of alternative spaces and the affective, emotional and embodied experience their enactment generates. In so doing, it grounds the analysis on the intentional community of Damanhur (Italy), as an example of experimental spaces. Scholarship concerning intentional communities draws on utopian studies that consider them as utopian laboratories. More recently, non‐representational approaches have emphasised the processual nature of utopias, yet studies have overlooked the experimental nature of these alternative spaces. Drawing upon in‐depth ethnographic data, this paper engages with community experimentations that took place in Damanhur for residents and visitors. It illustrates how utopian enactment is experimental and thus, disordering, unsettling and creative. Moreover, I argue that experimentations are not limited to unsettling the social structure of the community and, when studying the enactment of alternative spaces, emphasis should also be on their capacity to affect the individual.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Antipode
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0066-4812
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Depositing User: F Fois
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2019 09:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/51053

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