Ruangrupa Community as an Alternative Urban Cultural Social Space


Rakhmat Hidayat
Ibnu Setiyaji

Urban environments, as complex settings, face competition for space due to various spatial practices. Certain powers and influences within urban spaces contribute to the shrinking of public spaces that accessed by the community. The purpose of this article is to explore the community’s efforts to fight for social space within the context of Lefebvre’s understanding of the city as the product of abstract capitalism. Qualitative research method with phenomenology study as a method is used in this research. This study answers on how aware the community is of the importance of space in urban life. “Ruangrupa” builds social space through art practices involving the community as an alternative to respond to the dominance of commercial space in the city. Through discourses on the city, culture, and education, “Ruangrupa” builds an antithesis to commercial space and encourages the community to engage in daily activities in urban space as a novelty in this research.

Biografi Penulis

Rakhmat Hidayat, Prodi Pendidikan Sosiologi, Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Rakhmat Hidayat, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer from the Department of Education Sociology, State University of Jakarta. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology of Education Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 France. His research field is the sociology of ethnicity and Indigenous peoples in Indonesia. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison between July and the end of December 2021. He is affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and his host supervisor is Prof Dr. Ian Baird. He was also Visiting Scholar at the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), Visiting Professor at the Department of Law and Society in Asia, University Torino (Italy), and Visiting Professor at the University of Seoul (South Korea).

Ibnu Setiyaji, Prodi Pendidikan Sosiologi, Universitas Negeri Jakarta

Ibnu Setiyaji, S.Pd is a fresh graduate from the Department of Education Sociology, State University of Jakarta.

Afdhal, Prodi Sosiologi, Universitas Pattimura

Afdhal, M.Si is a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Pattimura University. He teaches the sociology of education and the sociology of communication. He is carrying out research and publication in the area of sociology of education, theory of education, sociology of communication and social media, and theory of sociology.


Theory of Sociology, Urban Sociology, Space Production
Disiplin Ilmu
Urban Sociology, Sociology
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