ISSN: 20509790
First published in 2014
3 issues per volume
Volume 1 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2014
Liberty at the merry-go-round: Leisure, politics and municipal authority on the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, 1760–1939
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Authors:  Eugenia Afinoguénova 
DOI: 10.1386/jucs.1.1.85_1

leisure,fairgrounds,Occupy movement,public space,publicness,Paseo del Prado (the Prado Promenade),Madrid 1800–1930,City Council

The article offers an overview of the leisure activities on the Prado Promenade in Madrid (Spain) in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It argues that a historical inquiry into the regulation of urban leisure is relevant for understanding the debates that the Occupy movements of 2011–12 opened up: (1) the meaning of mass public gatherings with the purpose of spending free time; and (2) the balance of power between the state, the city and commerce intertwined in the current definition of publicness. The City Council’s decisions about the methods and the scope of its control over leisure spaces such as the Prado reveal the ambiguous nature of municipal authority as a representative of the people as well as a mediator between the state and the vendors.
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