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date: 12 August 2020

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Geographical (spatial) understandings of social movement practice are crucial to the interpretation of contentious action. Movements act from space, politically mobilizing from the material conditions of their (local) spaces; movements act on space appropriating it with a group identity; movements act in space, such as taking to the streets for protests, or occupying land; and movements make space: creating conditions to expand public political involvement, for example through the creation of solidaristic alliances. This chapter analyzes such geographies of social movements, highlighting the role played in contentious action by the politics of place and scale, spatial inequalities, relational and networked space, and by social movement assemblages. In so doing it stresses the multiple spatialities of social movement practices. Finally, the chapter discusses geographers’ engagement in and with social movements, as various forms of “activist geography.”

Keywords: place, scale, spatial inequality, relational space, networks, assemblages, activist geographies

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