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Video and social justice : reimagining the city Hallenbeck, Jessica Wynne


There is presently an impressive body of literature on the relationship between video and empowerment, but there is scant attention paid to the larger concept of social justice, and in what ways video may assist in expressing and advancing claims to the city. This thesis explores some possible ways that video can contribute to the struggle for social justice. Using one short video, Wishlist, as a case study, the research probes the relationship between the right to the city, social justice, and video. Drawing on definitions of social justice advanced by Henri Lefebvre and Iris Marion Young, this thesis argues that the right to the city begins with imagining cities as being different from their present state. This imagining involves dialoguing, participating, and appropriating. Video is one creative tool that can assist in this imagining.

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