This book explores the urban, political, and economic effects of contemporary capitalism as well being concerned with a collective analytic that addresses these processes through the lens of disassembling and reassembling dynamics. The processes of contemporary globalization have resulted in the commodification of various dimensions that were previously the domain of state action. This book evaluates the varying international responses from communities as they cope and confront the negative impacts of neoliberalism. In-depth case studies from scholars working in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia showcase how various cities are responding to the effects of neoliberalism. Chapters investigate and demonstrate how the neoliberal processes of dissembling are being countered by positive and engaged efforts of reassembly. From Colombia to Siberia, Chicago to Nigeria, contributions engage with key economic and urban questions surrounding the militarization of state, democracy, the rise of the global capital and the education of young people in slums.
This book will have a broad appeal to academic researchers and urban planning professionals. It is recommended core reading for students in Urban Planning, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, and Urban Studies.
Table of Contents
Part I Introduction: The Promises and Perils of Urban Theory Under the Shadow of Globalization 1. Disassembling Cities: Spatial, Social, and Conceptual Trajectories Across the Urban Globe 2. A Pragmatic View of Valuation for Theorizing Spatial Production in Urban planning Thought Part II Transformation of Self and Space 3. The Organizing Logics of Predatory Formations: Individualism, Identity, and the Consumption of Goods as the Good Life 4. Trajectories, Vectors and Change: Mapping Late Neoliberal Assemblage 5. Rise of the Synthetic City: Eko Atlantic and Practices of Dispossession and Repossession in Nigeria 6. Reassembling the City through Intersectional Feminism: Subversive Responses to the Economic Crisis in Barcelona Part III Militarization and the Spectacle of the (In)Security State 7. The Organizing Logics of Predatory Formations: Militarization and the Spectacle of the (In)Security State 8. Dissasembling Foundational Fictions of Democracy: The People and the Plaza, Militarization and Mobilization in Oaxaca 9. Dis/Assembling Palestine 10. Urban Assemblages and Dis-assemblages: Medellín's Hegemonic and Counter-Hegemonic Forums Part IV Disassembling Democracy and Urban Planning 11. The Organizing Logics of Predatory Formations: Disassembling Democracy and Urban Planning 12. Some Thoughts and Findings from the Field: Women and the Illicit Politics of Slum Redevelopment in Globalizing Mumbai 13. Disassembledge in the Siberian City of Ulan-Ude: How Ethnic Buryats Reconstruct Through Time and Space 14. How to take Flight from Menacing Futures? Young People and Education in the Slums of the Global South 15. Chronic and Concentrated Youth Joblessness in Disassembled Neighborhoods in Chicago
Elizabeth L. Sweet teaches at Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies. She engages in collaborative community/economic development activist research, focusing on links between economies, violence, and identities.