192 pages | 14 B/W Illus.
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
Elke Schlack, Neil Turnbull, and María Jesús Arce Sánchez
Sara González and Gloria Dawson
Norma Angélica Gómez Méndez
Luis Alberto Salinas Arreortua and Luz de Lourdes Cordero Gómez del Campo
Eva García Pérez, Elvira Mateos Carmona, Vincenzo Maiello, Alejandro Rodríguez Sebastián
Victoria Habermehl, Nela Gallardo Araya and María Ximena Arqueros
Penny Rivlin and Sara González
Stoyanka Andreeva Eneva
Eduardo Kingman Garcés and Erika Bedón