The Urban Political

Ambivalent Spaces of Late Neoliberalism

Editors: Enright, Theresa, Rossi, Ugo (Eds.)

  • Will appeal to researchers in urban studies, urban geography, urban sociology, applied political theory, and urban planning
  • Advances current research in the fields of political theory, critical urban studies, and social movements
  • Examines the ramifications of the 2008 Financial Crisis in urban contexts
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This book examines the political and economic trajectories of cities following the 2008 financial crisis. The authors claim that in this era—which they dub "late neoliberalism"—urban spaces, institutions, subjectivities, and organizational forms are undergoing processes of radical transformation and recomposition. The volume deftly argues that the urban political horizon of late neoliberalism is ambivalent; marked by many progressive mobilizations for equality and justice, but also by regressive forces of austerity, exploitation, and domination.

About the authors

Theresa Enright is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her primary research interests are in the fields of critical theory, metropolitan politics, and urban political economy. 
Ugo Rossi is Senior Researcher in Political and Economic Geography at the Università di Torino, Italy. He is the author (with A. Vanolo) of Urban Political Geographies: A Global Perspective (2012) and Cities in Global Capitalism (2017).
Contributors
Yousuf Al-Bulushi, assistant professor of urban peace studies in the Center for Geographies of Justice at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Niccolò Cuppini, research fellow in Social Research at SUPSI (Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana) in Switzerland.
Mark Davidson, associate professor of geography at Clark University, USA.
Iris Dzudzek, post-doctoral researcher and teacher in human geography at Goethe-University Frankfurt A. M, Germany.
Theresa Enright, assistant professor of political science and senior fellow at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Crispian Fuller, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, Wales (UK). 
Kurt Iveson, associate professor of urban geography at the University of Sydney, Australia. 
Felipe Magalhães, professor of economic geography at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Colin McFarlane, professor in Urban Geography at Durham University, UK.
Walter Nicholls, associate professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, USA.
Joe Penny, PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK.
Matteo Rizzo, senior lecturer in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London, UK.
Ugo Rossi, university researcher in Political and Economic Geography at the Università di Torino, Italy. 
Jonathan Silver, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, UK.
Justus Uitermark, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Anne Vogelpohl, postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geography at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

Reviews

“This is a vital statement of both the centrality of the urban in political relations and—more crucially—its democratic possibilities in late neoliberalism. The volume warrants careful engagement by scholars across a number of disciplines seeking to better understand the lifeblood, potentialities, and frontiers of critical urban theory today.” (David Imbroscio, University of Louisville, author of Urban America Reconsidered: Alternatives for Governance and Policy)

“Sensitive to different understandings of the urban political, theoretically sophisticated, and richly informed by case studies from four continents, this collection will be invaluable to urbanists and students of contemporary politics.” (Warren Magnusson, University of Victoria, author of Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City)

“The Urban Political provides a grounded investigation of what the editors call ‘late neoliberalism,’ with a more general focus on the meaning of the political against the background of contemporary urban dynamics. Cutting across several disciplinary fields, this book makes a trailblazing contribution to urban studies. It invites us to explore new continents of political activity opened up by the insurgent actions of social movements and urban struggles, while at the same time taking into account the full-fledged political nature of neoliberal forms of governmentality often deemed as ‘post-political.’” (Sandro Mezzadra, University of Bologna, co-author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Locating the Political in Late Neoliberalism

    Enright, Theresa (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • Presupposing Democracy: Placing Politics in the Urban

    Davidson, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 27-43

  • Desiring the Common in the Post-crisis Metropolis: Insurgencies, Contradictions, Appropriations

    Enright, Theresa (et al.)

    Pages 45-64

  • The Globalized City as a Locus of the Political: Logistical Urbanization, Genealogical Insights, Contemporary Aporias

    Cuppini, Niccolò

    Pages 65-80

  • Where Is the ‘Organisation’ in the Urban Political?

    Fuller, Crispian

    Pages 83-101

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Urban Political
Book Subtitle
Ambivalent Spaces of Late Neoliberalism
Editors
  • Theresa Enright
  • Ugo Rossi
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64534-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64534-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64533-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 272
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