The Politics of Exhaustion

Akwugo Emejulu, Leah Bassel

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Drawing on our comparative research project conducted in six European cities, this article proposes a tentative politics of exhaustion as a way to understand the promise and perils of women of colour activists’ solidarity work. Through an examination of how women of colour activists strategise, organise and mobilise, we demonstrate the political and psychological impact of exhaustion. To declare exhaustion, we argue, is to hail the equally exhausted to build solidarity. Understanding the politics of exhaustion can help shed light on the creative practices of women of colour activists in European cities today, as well as highlight the structural processes that demand activists’ exhaustion. © 2020, Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The attached document (embargoed until 23/09/2021) is an author produced version of a paper published in CITY: ANALYSIS OF URBAN TRENDS, CULTURE, THEORY, POLICY, ACTION uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCity: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action
Early online date23 Mar 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Mar 2020

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