Abduction: the alternative urban action

Abduction: the alternative urban action

The Latin American anthropologist Jesús Barbero characterises new urban cultures and their use of knowledge as abduction, which denotes an alternative action.



Abduction denotes the action of taking a lateral exit in a formal argument, rather than going forward to the conventional conclusion.

Understood as such, abduction then is a form of resistance to the hegemony. In its best- known contemporary use, related to stories of aliens, abduction denotes an irresistible attraction for something that is apparently aberrant.

The most effective criticisms of hegemonic concepts such as development, capitalist globalization, democracy, town planning, market, architecture and education, for example, are associated with the sphere of abduction.

— Jose Perez de Lama



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