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Can participatory mapping activate spatial and political practices? Mapping popular resistance and dwelling practices in Bogotá eastern hills

Allen, A; Lambert, RC; Apsan Frediani, A; Ome, T; (2015) Can participatory mapping activate spatial and political practices? Mapping popular resistance and dwelling practices in Bogotá eastern hills. Area , 47 (3) pp. 261-271. 10.1111/area.12187. Green open access

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Abstract

Within the wider ongoing debate of Participatory Action Research, this paper interrogates the capacity of participatory mapping not just as a means to tap into plural knowledges over and emanating from specific geographies but rather to disrupt exclusionary constructions of space and place and the reproduction of the governing relationships that cause inequality. Focusing on a participatory mapping experience undertaken by the authors in collaboration with local residents in the steep slopes of Bogota’s eastern hills – an area threatened by forced evictions in the name of ecological preservation and risk protection arguments - we explore why and under what conditions participatory mapping might have the potential to disrupt conflicting interpretations of place and space held both by local residents and state agencies, which in turn can open the room to rework what types of interventions are actually needed and why. We hypothesise that this depends on the extent to which mapping can abridge the different scales at which the state and marginalised communities make sense of a site historically underpinned by different forms of spatial myopia and territorial stigma. This is in our view not just a consequence of the application of participatory mapping techniques per se, but depends on the way in which mapping is used to expand the political space in which different conceptions of a territory can effectively talk to each other.

Type: Article
Title: Can participatory mapping activate spatial and political practices? Mapping popular resistance and dwelling practices in Bogotá eastern hills
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/area.12187
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12187
Language: English
Additional information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Allen, A; Apsan Frediani, A; Lambert, RC; Ome, T; (2015) Can participatory mapping activate spatial and political practices? Mapping popular resistance and dwelling practices in Bogotá eastern hills. Area, 47 (3) pp. 261-271, which has been published in final form at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12187. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms).
Keywords: participatory mapping; spatial politics; knowledge production; dwelling practices; Bogotá
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1463145
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