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Care and the City
Encounters with Urban Studies

ISBN 9780367468576
Published October 25, 2021 by Routledge
254 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Care and the City is a cross-disciplinary collection of chapters examining urban social spaces, in which caring and uncaring practices intersect and shape people’s everyday lives. While asking how care and uncare are embedded in the urban condition, the book focuses on inequalities in caring relations and the ways they are acknowledged, reproduced, and overcome in various spaces, discourses, and practices.

This book provides a pathway for urban scholars to start engaging with approaches to conceptualize care in the city through a critical-reflexive analysis of processes of urbanization. It pursues a systematic integration of empirical, methodological, theoretical, and ethical approaches to care in urban studies, while overcoming a crisis-centered reading of care and the related ambivalences in care debates, practices, and spaces. These strands are elaborated via a conceptual framework of care and situated within broader theoretical debates on cities, urbanization, and urban development with detailed case studies from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

By establishing links to various fields of knowledge, this book seeks to systematically introduce debates on care to the interconnecting fields of urban studies, planning theory, and related disciplines for the first time.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

List of Contributors



Conceptualizing Care: Encounters, Critique, and Commons

1. Care, Uncare, and the City

Angelika Gabauer, Sabine Knierbein, Nir Cohen, Henrik Lebuhn, Kim Trogal and Tihomir Viderman

2. Critical Reflections on Care

Ali Madanipour

3. Care from the Beginning: Birthing Collective Origins, Interdependent Cities, and New Community Economies

Katharine McKinnon, Stephen Healy and Kelly Dombroski


Social Inequalities, Uneven Space, and Care

4. Introduction: Social Inequalities, Uneven Space, and Care

Nir Cohen and Sabine Knierbein

5. Cartographies of Care: Urban Development in Mexico in Response to a Graying America

Samuel Maddox

6. Turning the Key: How the Pink Passkey Has Shaped the Landscape of (Un)Equal Opportunity for LGBT-Friendly Eldercare Provision in the Netherlands

Roos Pijpers

7. ‘We Are Here to Care’: Gendered Urban Safety in Argentina

Anna Bednarczyk

8. Healthy and Caring Cities: Accessibility for All and the Role of Urban Spaces in Re-Activating Capabilities

Elena Marchigiani

9. Examining Everyday Outdoor Practices in Suburban Public Space: The Case for an Expanded Definition of Care as an Analytical Framework

Samantha Biglieri


Everyday Struggles and Contestations Around Care

10. Introduction: Everyday Struggles and Contestations Around Care

Kim Trogal and Tihomir Viderman

11. ‘Respect Toward Old People’: The Commodification of Ethnicity in Migrant Care Work in Germany

Caterina Rohde-Abuba

12. Care for the Uncared (for): Slum Redevelopment and the Emerging Challenges of Accessing Care for the Urban Poor in Delhi

Niroopa Subrahmanyam

13. Public Space and Children: Who Cares and Who Takes Care of?

César Matos e Silva and Robertha Barros

14. Careful Rearrangements: Experiments with Neglected ‘Things’ in Architecture

Micol Rispoli

15. Infrastructures from Below: Self-Reproduction and Common Struggle in and Beyond Athens in Crisis

Isabel Gutiérrez Sánchez


New Care Arrangements and Civic Innovation

16. Introduction: New Care Arrangements and Civic Innovation

Angelika Gabauer and Henrik Lebuhn

17. Geographies of Aging: Hidden Dimensions of Care in Stockholm, Vienna, and Zurich

Angelika Gabauer, Marie Glaser, Liv Christensen, Judith M. Lehner, Jing Jing and Stefan Lundberg

18. The Toronto Public Library as a Site of Urban Care, Social Repair, and Maintenance in the Smart City

Teresa Abbruzzese and Antony Riley

19. Heritage as a Matter of Care, and Conservation as Caring for the Matter

Loes Veldpaus and Hanna Szemző

20. Care as an Act of Inequality? Complex Social Relations Within the Refugee Camp in Brussels’ Maximilian Park Throughout 2015

Rivka Saltiel

21. Digital Care Spaces: The Particularities of a Digital Home Care Platform

Eva Mos


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Angelika Gabauer is Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at TU Wien, Austria. She is a political scientist with a primary focus in the field of political theory and its interface with urban studies. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the interplay between aging, subjectivity, and urban space production. In 2021 she was a guest researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.

Sabine Knierbein is Associate Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space at TU Wien, Austria. She holds a venia in urban studies. Her research interests include social, political, and cultural theories of urbanization, social inequality, critiques of everyday life and lived space, social infrastructures, intersectional planning theory, disruptive urbanism, and open innovation.

Nir Cohen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Bar Ilan University in Israel and was KTH & TU Wien Visiting Professor in Urban Studies (2019). His research interests are in the fields of migration studies and urban social geography. In 2018 he was a visiting fellow of Jewish Migration at the Parkes Institute in the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Henrik Lebuhn is Assistant Professor for Urban and Regional Sociology at HU Berlin, Germany and was KTH & TU Wien Visiting Professor in Urban Studies (2019). He holds a PhD in Political Science from FU Berlin. His research interests include urban politics in comparative perspective, urban citizenship, migration and borders, social movements, and participatory politics.

Kim Trogal is Reader in Social and Political Design at the Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts, United Kingdom, and was KTH & TU Wien Visiting Professor in Urban Studies (2020). She is co-editor of The Social (Re)Production of Architecture (Routledge 2017), Architecture and Resilience (Routledge 2018), and "Repair Matters," Ephemera (2019).

Tihomir Viderman is Research Associate at the Chair of Urban Management at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany, with research interest in the relationship between affect, spaces of everyday life, and the praxis of urban design and planning. He is co-editor of Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition (Routledge 2018) and co-coordinator of the AESOP Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures.

Tigran Haas is Associate Professor of Urban Planning + Urban Design and Director of the Center for the Future of Places at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also a guest scholar in residence at the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.