Chapter 11: Staying in place: Meanings, practices and the regulation of publicness in Sydney’s Martin Place
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In this chapter, the authors ponder the visible and invisible meanings and practices through which publicness is performed and legitimized at Sydney’s Martin Place. In particular, they want to know how staying in place is enabled in this contradictorily civic and corporate space, in order to consider who can stay in a public place and who has to move on, and when. The uses of Martin Place by mobile workers, Occupy movement activists and people experiencing homelessness are all instances of place-making that can be understood through different tactics of being ‘at home’. These expressions of home rub against, disrupt and invite expanded versions of publicness, both in terms of understanding Martin Place as a localized case of city-centred publicness and in extrapolating its significance for identifying the limits and potential of public spaces in global cities generally. Keywords: publicness, home, cities, mobility, place-making, Sydney

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