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Contested Markets, Contested Cities

Gentrification and Urban Justice in Retail Spaces

Edited by Sara González

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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.

Table of Contents

1. Contested Markets Sara González 2. The struggle for La Merced "market district" in Mexico City Victor Delgadillo 3. Markets and retail gentrification in Madrid Eva García, Enzo Maiello, Alejandro Rodríguez and Luis Salinas 4. Gentrification and displacement in he redevelopment of Kirkgate Market in Leeds, UK Sara Gonzalez 5. Gourmet markets in Madrid and Mexico City. The global assemblage of a model for markets Luis Salinas and Luz Cordero 6. Learning form La Vega market in Santiago de Chile; between social inclusion and gentrification Elke Schlack, Neil Turnbull, and Maria Jesus Arce 7. Street markets in México City ("tianguis") and the struggle for public space Norma Gómez 8. Contested notions of space in the Abelardo Rodríguez market in Mexico City Uriel Martínez Ramírez 9. Resisting commercial gentrification. Trader and citizen campaigns in the UK to defend traditional retail markets Sara Gonzalez and Gloria Dawsons10. Everyday life resistance and decline in subsistence markets in Yucatán (Mexico) Ana Cabrera 11. Networks of alternative economies in Buenos Aires; markets as spaces of contestation Victoria Habermehl, Nela Lena Gallardo Araya and María Ximena Arqueros 12. Conclusion Sara Gonzalez

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.

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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