Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Main Title: The Janus face of urban governance: State, informality and ambiguity in Berlin
Author(s): Haid, Christian G.
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Informality is both produced by and an inherent characteristic of state practices. It thus requires close scrutiny of the structures, nature and uneven distribution of power between state and society. Using a focus on three different parks in Berlin, this article demonstrates how informality is appropriated and institutionalized in the planning regimes of pioneer urbanism at Tempelhofer Freiheit; how in everyday law enforcement, legality is stretched by policing illegitimate activities in zones of exceptions at Görlitzer Park; and why, in Preußenpark (aka Thai Park), the state embodies a theatricality of polyvalent performances, turning a blind eye to certain activities which are not tolerated in other settings. This analysis reveals the Janus-faced governance of social practices even as it exposes the inherent ambiguities in everyday statehood, in which the state is regulating activities that are beyond its rules and, at the same time, violating its own internal rules.
Issue Date: 2016
Date Available: 8-Jan-2019
DDC Class: 300 Sozialwissenschaften
390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
Subject(s): Berlin
urban informality
zones of exception
Journal Title: Current Sociology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publisher Place: Washington, DC
Volume: 65
Issue: 2
Publisher DOI: 10.1177/0011392116657299
Page Start: 289
Page End: 301
EISSN: 1461-7064
ISSN: 0011-3921
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
Appears in Collections:Inst. Architektur » Publications

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Haid_2016.pdf84.23 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail

Items in DepositOnce are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.