Salvaging the City: A Salvagepunk Approach to the Problems of the Global City

PhD project, Tijmen Klous (2013-17)

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Working within a post-Marxist theoretical framework, this project analyses salvagepunk as a phenomenon that resists the neo-liberal hegemony in the contemporary global city. Specifically, the project will analyse the potential of the concepts of reappropriation and salvagepunk to issues of spatial justice, the rights of the urban citizen and the role of the (sub-)community in the neoliberal global city. Drawing from both extensive theoretical analysis and from case studies from literature, film and urban practice, I argue that salvagepunk differs from most attempts to disrupt neo-liberal hegemony, because it does not profile itself in opposition to it, but rather assumes its downfall as a given (either currently happening, or already happened).