Contested Markets, Contested Cities: Gentrification and Urban Justice in Retail Spaces, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Contested Markets, Contested Cities

Gentrification and Urban Justice in Retail Spaces, 1st Edition

Edited by Sara González


192 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Markets are at the origin of urban life as places for social, cultural and economic encounter evolving over centuries. Today, they have a particular value as mostly independent, non-corporate and often informal work spaces serving millions of the most vulnerable communities across the world. At the same time, markets have become fashionable destinations for ‘foodies’ and middle class consumers and tourists looking for authenticity and heritage. The confluence of these potentially contradictory actors and their interests turns markets into "contested spaces".

Contested Markets, Contested Cities provides an analytical and multidisciplinary framework within which specific markets from Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Quito, Sofia, Madrid, London and Leeds (UK) are explored. This pioneering and highly original work examines public markets from a perspective of contestation looking at their role in processes of gentrification but also in political mobilisation and urban justice.


"The volume encourages us to expand our studies of gentrification beyond the residential

to investigate the relationship between transformations in retail spaces and access to public and urban life. The different cases presented in the book draw on three overlapping analytical

frameworks to present and analyze markets in different cities. Contested Markets,

Contested Cities, edited by Sara González, [examines] the different

roles played by markets, and their contradictions, from the perspectives of gentrification and the

right to the city." - Liz Mason-Deese, Independent Researcher, Antipode Foundation

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Studying markets as spaces of contestation

    Sara González

  2. Markets of La Merced: New frontiers of gentrification in the historic centre of Mexico City

    Víctor Delgadillo

  3. Learning from La Vega Central: Challenges to the survival of a publicly used (private) marketplace
  4. Elke Schlack, Neil Turnbull, and María Jesús Arce Sánchez

  5. Resisting gentrification in traditional public markets: Lessons from London
  6. Sara González and Gloria Dawson

  7. The contested public space of the tianguis street markets of Mexico City
  8. Norma Angélica Gómez Méndez

  9. Gourmet Markets as a Commercial Gentrification Model: The Cases of Mexico City and Madrid
  10. Luis Alberto Salinas Arreortua and Luz de Lourdes Cordero Gómez del Campo

  11. Neighbourhoods and markets in Madrid: an uneven process of selective transformation

    Eva García Pérez, Elvira Mateos Carmona, Vincenzo Maiello, Alejandro Rodríguez Sebastián

  12. Mercado Bonpland and solidarity production networks in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Victoria Habermehl, Nela Gallardo Araya and María Ximena Arqueros

  13. Public markets: Spaces for sociability under threat? The case of Leeds’ Kirkgate Market

    Penny Rivlin and Sara González

  14. Contested identities and ethnicities in the marketplace: Sofia’s city centre between the East and the West of Europe

    Stoyanka Andreeva Eneva

  15. Popular Culture and heritage in San Roque Market, Quito
  16. Eduardo Kingman Garcés and Erika Bedón

  17. Conclusions. International perspectives on the transformation of markets

Sara González

About the Editor

Sara González is Associate Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK where she teaches on critical urban geography courses and leads the research group on Social Justice, Cities and Citizenship. She has published work in international journals on the political and economic transformation in cities, the neoliberalisation of urban policies, gentrification and grassroots contestation of these processes. Between 2012 and 2016 she was the Principal Investigator in Leeds of the EU-funded Contested Cities network, bringing together more than 40 researchers across Europe and Latin America. Between 2006 and 2016 she was part of the editorial collective of the open-access ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. She favours participatory action research methodologies and has been a very active member of a campaign to support her local market in Leeds.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography