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Subversive Mobilities

The Copenhagen Riots, 1900–1919

Mikkel Thelle

Keywords: CULTURAL HISTORY; MOBILITY; MODERNITY; PUBLIC SPACE; SUBVERSIVE MOBILITY; SWARMING; TECHNOLOGY; URBAN CONFLICT

The article approaches mobility through a cultural history of urban conflict. Using a case of “The Copenhagen Trouble,“ a series of riots in the Danish capital around 1900, a space of subversive mobilities is delineated. These turn-of-the-century riots points to a new pattern of mobile gathering, the swarm; to a new aspect of public action, the staging; and to new ways of configuring public space. These different components indicate an urban assemblage of subversion, and a new characterization of the “throwntogetherness“ of the modern public.

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