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Contesting Neoliberalism: Urban Frontiers (Paperback)
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Contesting Neoliberalism: Urban Frontiers (Paperback)

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Paperback 340 Pages / Published: 30/11/2006
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Neoliberalism's ""market revolution""--realized through practices like privatization, deregulation, fiscal devolution, and workfare programs--has had a transformative effect on contemporary cities. The consequences of market-oriented politics for urban life have been widely studied, but less attention has been given to how grassroots groups, nongovernmental organizations, and progressive city administrations are fighting back. In case studies written from a variety of theoretical and political perspectives, this book examines how struggles around such issues as affordable housing, public services and space, neighborhood sustainability, living wages, workers' rights, fair trade, and democratic governance are reshaping urban political geographies in North America and around the world.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781593853204
Number of pages: 340
Weight: 484 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


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"A major contribution to the critical study of early 21st-century capitalism. Focusing on the role of cities as strategic arenas for neoliberal political projects, the contributors consistently and systematically underscore the profoundly contested character of contemporary urban restructuring. Drawing on a rich trove of case studies from cities around the world, the book explores the variegated strategies through which local actors and organizations have resisted market-based forms of urban governance and their deeply regressive, polarizing consequences for everyday life. This wide-ranging, accessible book contains a unique combination of cutting-edge theorizing, fine-grained empirical analyses, and incisive political critique. It will be essential reading for anyone who seeks to decipher or influence contemporary urban struggles."--Neil Brenner, New York University

"Neoliberalism too often feels like a fait accompli, but this superlative volume shows that it is always a work in progress, shaped by the contestations it calls up against itself. From South Africa to Slovakia, from Calgary to Cancun, the studies in this book provide crucial insight into the roots and trajectory of the neoliberal project as it shapes--and is shaped by--the 'urban frontier.' Here, the authors show, the policies that put neoliberalism on the map run smack up against a full range of progressive struggles to transcend and transform a world in which it often seems like there are no alternatives. Contesting Neoliberalism will contest much of what you think you know about contemporary urban policy and its geography."--Don Mitchell, Syracuse University

"This engaged and decentered account of neoliberalism opens up possibilities for radical change as well as new theoretical insights. Eschewing the usual starting points, Leitner et al. highlight the ongoing constitution of neoliberalism, pointing in particular to its multiple different incarnations on the ground as well as its formation and reformation through urban struggle. Drawing together numerous innovative studies from urban scholarship worldwide, this book demonstrates the importance of thinking empirically and spatially in order to come to grips with this powerful and ever-evolving doctrine."--Katharyne Mitchell, University of Washington

"If you believe the city is a key arena for the making, contestation, and unmaking of neoliberal politics, and if you want to know about how cities are shaped and reshaped by neoliberalism and its discontents, seek no longer. This volume brings together leading scholar-activists to uncompromisingly dissect the realities of neoliberal urbanization and what can be done about it. This is an indispensable contribution for the critical scholar, urban activist, or anyone who is looking for ways to contest neoliberalism's pensee unique and to fight against its injustices and inequalities."--Erik Swyngedouw, Department of Geography, Oxford University

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