How can contemporary theories of difference enhance our understanding of traditional urban studies concerns such as housing, labor markets, and structures of state entitlement? What are the connections between urban space and identity politics? This provocative text provides fresh perspectives on the fragmented city within a cultural political economy framework. Contributors explore the role of race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, able-bodiedness, and other axes of difference in the geography of postmodern cities. Using a range of cutting-edge theoretical and methodological approaches, the book probes the relationship of the broader realities of urban life--economic polarization, gentrification, and the proliferation of sites of consumption to the everyday life and political power of different communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Jacobs, Fincher. Grids of Difference: Place and Identity Formation, Pratt. In the Right Place at the Right Time?: Life Stages and Urban Spaces, Fincher. Suburban Stories, Gendered Lives: Thinking through Difference, Dowling. Justice and the Disabling City, Gleeson. Community Responses to Human Service Delivery in U.S. Cities, Takahashi, Sexuality and Urban Space: Gay Male Identity Politics in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, Knopp. Sexing the City, Bondi. Sites of Difference: Beyond a Cultural Politics of Race Polarity, Anderson. Contesting Social Relations in Communal Places: Identity Politics among Asian Communities in Dar es Salaam, Nagar, Leitner. Staging Difference: Aestheticization and the Politics of Difference in Contemporary Cities, Jacobs. Whose City?: Gender, Class, and Immigrants in Globalizing European Cities, Kofman. Social Polarization and the Politics of Difference: Social Polariazation and the Politics of Difference: Discourses in Collision or Collusion?, Gibson.