Urban Political Geographies A Global Perspective

ISBN-10: 0857028847

ISBN-13: 9780857028846

Edition: 2012

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How can we think about the urban within a political and geographical framework? This compelling new textbook scrutinizes urban politics through a theoretical and empirical lens to provide readers with a clear understanding of the relationship between political, spatial and economic issues on the urban environment. Taking a truly global analysis, the book uses international comparative case studies from cities across the world including, London, Beijing, Austin and Vancouver. It draws on ideas and theories from human geography, politics, sociology, economics and development. Engaging in style and thorough in its coverage of the key issues, the book is essential reading for students and scholars looking for a book that deals with contemporary urban debates from a political, economic and geographical perspective.
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List price: $56.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 12/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Figures
About the Authors
Foreword: the Athenian symptom
Foreword: the nine lives of neoliberalism
Foreword: politics between the lines
Globalization and the urban experience
The triad of urban politics
Overview of the book's structure
Politics as Representation
Urban Development and the Politics of Representation
Introduction: towards a political economy of representation
Governing the image of the city
From Fordism to post-Fordism: reinventing cities in a context of economic transition
Postmodernizing the capitalist city
Celebrating the global city
The environmentalization of the urban experience
Concluding reflections: the Eurocentrism of urban scholarship
Making Culture Work: The Rise of the Creative City
Introduction: urban development in a knowledge-based capitalism
Creative cities: economies of diversity and discursive strategies in North America
Governmentalizing the cultural city in Europe and Asia
Conclusion: culture beyond representation
Politics as Government
Urban Neoliberalism: Ascent and Crisis
Introduction: the irresistible rise of neoliberalism
At the origins of neoliberalism: the urban question in the 1970s
The 'new urban politics'
The practice of urban neoliberalism
Neoliberalizing urban economic spaces
The expected unforeseen: the housing bubble and the global recession
Urban Geopolitics: Legitimate Violence, Terrorism, Urbicide
Introduction: the governmentalization of the urban experience
The politics of fear
From fear to communitarian self-defence
The use of force as a threat: terrorism, urban marginality and the politics of pre-emption
Cities at war/the war against cities
Conclusions: the visible and the invisible in urban geopolitics
Politics as Contestation
Urban Justice: Struggles and Movements
Introduction: the ethical turn in democratic politics
Social justice in question: equality, recognition, domination
Rights to the city
Justice movements: limits and potentialities
Justice, globalization and the environment
Conclusion: the encounter between institutionalist and Marxist perspectives
Urban Citizenship: Insurgencies and Recognition
Introduction: the crisis of national citizenship
The promises of urban citizenship
The globalization of migration and the multiple geographies of belonging
Dissidence or normalization: the quandaries of sexual citizenship
Conclusion: the 'common place' of citizenship
Conclusion: Beyond Post-neoliberal Melancholia
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