Cities continue to be key sites for the production and contestation of inequalities generated by an ongoing but troubled neoliberal project. Neoliberalism’s onslaught across the globe now shapes diverse inequalities -- poverty, segregation, racism, social exclusion, homelessness -- as city inhabitants feel the brunt of privatization, state re-organization, and punishing social policy. This book examines the relationship between persistent neoliberalism and the production and contestation of inequalities in cities across the world. Case studies of current city realities reveal a richly place-specific and generalizable neoliberal condition that further deepens the economic, social, and political relations that give rise to diverse inequalities. Diverse cases also show how people struggle against a neoliberal ethos and hence the open-endedness of futures in these cities.
Part I. Urban Inequalities Across the World 1. Social Sustainability and Urban Inequality: Detroit and the Ravages of Neoliberalism 2. New Inequalities in America’s Rust Belt 3. From "Free-Market" Slums to Public Housing and Back Again: The Politics of Relocating Atlanta’s Poor 4. Socio-Spatial Inequality and Violence in Cities of the Global South: Evidence from Latin America 5. "City-Doubles:" Re-Urbanism in Africa 6. New Forms of Housing and Urban Inequalities in Postsocialist Eastern Europe 7. Small Cities, Big Issues: Indian Cities in the Debates on Urban Poverty and Inequality 8. The Paradox of Weiquan Movements: Social Inequality and Individual Negotiation in Land Development in Urban China Part II. Resistances and Insurgencies: Thoughts and Possibilities 9. Urban Insurgencies and the Re-Politicization of the Unequal City 10. Equality at the Beginning: Rancière and Democracy Today 11. Arts of Resistance: Seeing and Shaping the Struggle 12. Local Practices and Trans-local Solidarities: Reflections on Anti-Eviction Practices on the Cape Flats, South Africa, and in Southside Chicago, Illinois