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Badlands of the Republic: Space, Politics and Urban Policy - RGS-IBG Book Series (Paperback)
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Badlands of the Republic: Space, Politics and Urban Policy - RGS-IBG Book Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 236 Pages / Published: 01/08/2007
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The relationship between space and politics is explored through a study of French urban policy. Drawing upon the political thought of Jacques Ranciere, this book proposes a new agenda for analyses of urban policy, and provides the first comprehensive account of French urban policy in English. * Essential resource for contextualizing and understanding the revolts occurring in the French 'badland' neighbourhoods in autumn 2005 * Challenges overarching generalizations about urban policy and contributes new research data to the wider body of urban policy literature * Identifies a strong urban and spatial dimension within the shift towards more nationalistic and authoritarian policy governing French citizenship and immigration

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
ISBN: 9781405156301
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


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"It's a fine book. Doubly so, for not only does it meld theoretical deftness with convincing empirical information, it also has the virtue of taking us out of our English speaking milieu...Are you an inquisitive urban geographer? If so, having read Dikec as your indispensable primer, next time you're in Paris leave the Eiffel Tower behind and go out to La Courneuve. Or in Strasbourg, view the cathedral but then board the Line C tram right next to it which takes you out to Le Neuhof, like La Courneuve one of the original sixteen social development urban neighborhoods. Get a taste of another, and real, urban France. Dikec has." (Geographical Review, December 2010) "This brilliant empirical riff by Mustafa Dikec on Ranciere's idea of the 'given' of governmental intervention as applied to the 'banlieue' of French cities shows how attempts to realize the ideal of 'the one and indivisible republic' through planning founder because French urban policy is also profoundly involved with making places that violate that very ideal." John Agnew, UCLA "This book is an extraordinary achievement. Hardly a year after the momentous revolts in the banlieues of France's big cities, Mustafa Dikec offers not only a razor-sharp dissection of urban struggles, but, more importantly, demonstrates how the politics of space work in today's France and how a progressive urban politics can be reclaimed. A must read for all those interested in urban social movements and have not given up on the possibilities for a genuinely humanising urban politics." Erik Swyngedouw, Manchester University

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