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Polanska, D., Valenzuela-Fuentes, K. & Kaun, A. (2019). Housing activism: overlooked forms, practices and implications. Housing Studies, 34(10), 1585-1587
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Housing activism: overlooked forms, practices and implications
2019 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, Vol. 34, no 10, p. 1585-1587Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39044 (URN)10.1080/02673037.2019.1658721 (DOI)000487747900001 ()2-s2.0-85073379295 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2019-10-31Bibliographically approved
Valenzuela - Fuentes, K., Polanska, D. & Kaun, A. (2017). The right to housing in theory and in practice: going beyond the West. Interface: a journal for and about social movements, 9(1), 359-367
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The right to housing in theory and in practice: going beyond the West
2017 (English)In: Interface: a journal for and about social movements, ISSN 2009-2431, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 359-367Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last three decades processes of urban development have spread speedily across the globe, transforming hundreds of cities into primary sites for the implementation of a neoliberal agenda. As expected, this global phenomenon brings with it a number of negative consequences for the lives of disadvantaged urban residents. Privatization and commercialization of public space and housing stocks, increasing gentrification of neighbourhoods and deregulation of the housing sector are only a few examples of the adverse scenario that people from less well-off backgrounds have to face. These processes constitute capital-driven strategies that have been enforced by displacing, evicting, marginalizing and criminalizing communities who are, at the same time excluded from any participation in the decision-making process of the urban restructuring. These actions, carried out by corporations, investors and developers and closely backed up by entrepreneurial governments (Mayer, 2009) or “centaur-states” (Wacquant, 2012) are embedded in an accelerated process of accumulation by dispossession (Harvey, 2008) that has exacerbated inequality and widened the gap between the rich and the poor. The effects of this growing polarization in the distribution of power and wealth can be easilyobserved in the spatial forms of the cities, in which gated communities, glittering city centre developments and privatized areas under non-stop surveillance coexist in sharp separation with favelas, precarious and informal settlements and impoverished working class neighbourhoods (Harvey, 2012; Lipman, 2011).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Interface, 2017
Keywords
Housing activism
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33037 (URN)
Available from: 2017-07-07 Created: 2017-07-07 Last updated: 2020-03-31Bibliographically approved
Polanska Vergara, D. (2016). Ann Rodenstedt: Living in the calm and safe part of the city. The socio-spatial reproduction of upper-middle class neighbourhoods in Malmö [Review]. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 31(1), 171-173
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ann Rodenstedt: Living in the calm and safe part of the city. The socio-spatial reproduction of upper-middle class neighbourhoods in Malmö
2016 (English)In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 171-173Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28419 (URN)10.1007/s10901-015-9449-2 (DOI)000372123200011 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1706
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Polanska, D. V. & Piotrowski, G. (2016). Poland: Local differences and the importence of cohesion. Baltic Worlds, IX(1-2), 46-56
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Poland: Local differences and the importence of cohesion
2016 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, E-ISSN 2001-7308, Vol. IX, no 1-2, p. 46-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two Polish cities, Warsaw and Poznań, are studied in the article to examine how external structures are handled and used by squatters in these two settings. The aim is to analyze opportunity structures that condition the emergence and development of squatting and how squatters respond to and utilize these opportunities. Our ambition is to understand why squatting has developed differently in the two cities by emphasizing the duration and cohesion of the squatting scene as pivotal for the different trajectories of squatting. It is argued in the article that the durability of the squatting environment abates tendencies to open the squatting scene to external coalitions and establish more institutionalized forms of political struggle.

Keywords
squatting, Poland, opportunity structures, cohesion, durability
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31064 (URN)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2185/311/2014The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011Swedish Research Council, 2010–1706
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. & Polanska, D. V. (2016). Radical Urban Movements in Poland: the case of squatting. Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, 17(1), 53-69
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Radical Urban Movements in Poland: the case of squatting
2016 (English)In: Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, ISSN 2084-2937, E-ISSN 2354-0389, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 53-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Radical social movements are more and more often the subject of academic inquiry, where their agenda, identity-building processes and repertoires of action are examined vis a vis the dominant discursive opportunity structures. The case study presented in this articleis the squatting movement in Poland. We interpret this movement, its actions and in particular alliance-building strategies, through the perspective of radical flanks of broader urban social movements environment.

Keywords
squatting, post-socialism, urban movements, Poland
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31069 (URN)10.5604/20842937.1212304 (DOI)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2185/311/2014The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Polanska Vergara, D. (2015). Alliance-building and Brokerage in Contentious Politics: the Case of the Polish tenants’ movement. In: Kerstin Jacobsson (Ed.), Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe: (pp. 195-218). Farnham: Ashgate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Alliance-building and Brokerage in Contentious Politics: the Case of the Polish tenants’ movement
2015 (English)In: Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe / [ed] Kerstin Jacobsson, Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, p. 195-218Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Farnham: Ashgate, 2015
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28420 (URN)978-1-4724-3446-3 (ISBN)
Projects
Institutional constraints and creative solutions
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1706
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2015-10-01Bibliographically approved
Polanska Vergara, D. (2015). Book Review: Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores: Locked In, Locked Out. Gated communities in a Puerto Rican City [Review]. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 30(2), 355-356
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Book Review: Zaire Zenit Dinzey-Flores: Locked In, Locked Out. Gated communities in a Puerto Rican City
2015 (English)In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 355-356Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20225 (URN)10.1007/s10901-014-9410-9 (DOI)000354404200011 ()
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Polanska Vergara, D. (2015). Motywacje osób niezinstytucjonalizowanego sektora społecznościowego [Motivations of activists in the non-institutionalized social sector]. In: Galia Chimiak & Iwinska, Katarzyna (Ed.), Krajobraz spolecznosciowy - Polska 2014 [Social landscape Poland 2014]: (pp. 27-46). Warszawa: Centrum Wspierania Aktywności Lokalnej/CAL
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Motywacje osób niezinstytucjonalizowanego sektora społecznościowego [Motivations of activists in the non-institutionalized social sector]
2015 (Polish)In: Krajobraz spolecznosciowy - Polska 2014 [Social landscape Poland 2014] / [ed] Galia Chimiak & Iwinska, Katarzyna, Warszawa: Centrum Wspierania Aktywności Lokalnej/CAL , 2015, p. 27-46Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Warszawa: Centrum Wspierania Aktywności Lokalnej/CAL, 2015
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28421 (URN)978-83-61067-11-5 (ISBN)978-83-62380-35-0 (ISBN)
Projects
Challenging the myths of weak civil society in post-socialist settings: ‘Unexpected’ alliances and mobilizations in the field of housing activism in Poland
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2010-1706
Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-09-30 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved
Polanska Vergara, D. (2015). Polish civil society in bloom. Baltic Rim Economies (5), 42-42
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Polish civil society in bloom
2015 (English)In: Baltic Rim Economies, ISSN 1459-9759, no 5, p. 42-42Article, review/survey (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku: , 2015
Keywords
civil society, Poland
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28928 (URN)2185/3.1.1/2014 (Local ID)2185/3.1.1/2014 (Archive number)2185/3.1.1/2014 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2185/311/2014Swedish Research Council, 2010-1706
Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved
Polanska Vergara, D. & Piotrowski, G. (2015). The transformative power of cooperation between social movements: squatting and tenants’ movements in Poland. City, 19(2-3), 274-296
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The transformative power of cooperation between social movements: squatting and tenants’ movements in Poland
2015 (English)In: City, ISSN 1360-4813, E-ISSN 1470-3629, Vol. 19, no 2-3, p. 274-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Squatting, or the use of property without the legal permission, and tenants’ activism are under-researched areas, in particular in the post-socialist context. Poland has been pointed out as extraordinary on the map of squatting in post-socialist Europe and a considerable number of tenants’ organizations are active in the country. What is most interesting is that squatters’ and tenants’ activists are forming alliances, despite their obvious differences in their organizational models, social composition, along with the specific motives and goals of their activism. The objective of this article is to examine the relations between the tenants’ and squatting movements in Poland by studying two cities where both movements are established and closely cooperating. In particular we are interested in the transformative power of such cooperation and we assume that cooperation between social movements results in negotiations and transformations of the social movement actors involved. The empirical foundations for this article are 50 interviews, whereof 30 interviews conducted in Warsaw with squatters and tenants’ movement activists and 20 interviews conducted with activists in Poznań. Warsaw and Poznań are, moreover, two Polish cities where the squatting movement is most vibrant and where squatters and tenants have achieved some considerable successes in their activities. The article argues against previous studies emphasizing access to abundant resources and identity alignment as crucial for the mobilization of collective and collaborative action. Instead, it argues that the lack of resources might also be driving social movements towards cooperation, as a kind of compensation. Moreover, our cases demonstrate that ideology and identity alignment in social movements create stagnation with regard to openness towards new allies. We therefore argue that a high degree of identity alignment and ideological consistency might discourage the formation of new alliances.

Keywords
social movement, alliance building, cooperation, squatting, tenants, Poland
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26802 (URN)10.1080/13604813.2015.1015267 (DOI)2-s2.0-84926364546 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Institutionella begränsningar och kreativa lösningar
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2185/311/2014The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011Swedish Research Council, 2010-1706
Available from: 2015-04-07 Created: 2015-04-07 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Projects
Challenging the myths of weak civil society in post-socialist settings: ‘Unexpected’ alliances and mobilizations in the field of housing activism in Poland [10/2014_OSS]; Södertörn University; Publications
Polanska, D. V. & Piotrowski, G. (2016). Poland: Local differences and the importence of cohesion. Baltic Worlds, IX(1-2), 46-56Piotrowski, G. & Polanska, D. V. (2016). Radical Urban Movements in Poland: the case of squatting. Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, 17(1), 53-69Polanska Vergara, D. (2015). Polish civil society in bloom. Baltic Rim Economies (5), 42-42Polanska Vergara, D. & Piotrowski, G. (2015). The transformative power of cooperation between social movements: squatting and tenants’ movements in Poland. City, 19(2-3), 274-296
The Social Mechanisms of Creating Memberless Civil Society Organizations in Poland, Russia and Sweden [2014-01557_VR]; Södertörn University; Publications
Kings, L. & Kravchenko, Z. (2018). Civilsamhällets rationalisering i Sverige och Ryssland (1ed.). In: Stefan Sjöberg, Päivi Turunen (Ed.), Samhällsarbete: Aktörer, arenor och perspektiv (pp. 299-319). Lund: Studentlitteratur ABPolanska Vergara, D. (2015). Polish civil society in bloom. Baltic Rim Economies (5), 42-42
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