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Performing Resistance: Liminality, Infrapolitics, and Spatial Contestation in Contemporary Russia

Antipode. 2019. Vol. 51. No. 4. P. 1146-1165.
Fröhlich C., Jacobsson K.

This article explores protest tactics in Russian cities, stressing the liminalityof spatial contestation practices. In this authoritarian context, spatial contestation typically has a liminal character, where citizens employ strategic ambiguity of their actionsvis-a-vis (a) legal regulations, (b) official discourse, and (c) transcripts of legitimate beha-viour. Showing how urbanites develop creative and subversive infrapolitical forms ofresistance, the article contributes an analysis of the ways in which public space in thecity can be appropriated from below, temporary protest communities formed and activecitizenship claimed under non-democratic regime conditions.