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Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes

Edited by Manfred B. Steger, Anne McNevin

© 2011 – Routledge

134 pages

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How do political ideologies and urban landscapes intersect in the context of globalization? This volume illuminates the production of ideologies as both discursive and spatial phenomena in distinct contributions that ground their analysis in cities of the Global North and South. From Sydney to Singapore, Hong Kong to Hanoi, Las Vegas to Macau, conventional public spaces are in decline as sites of ideological dissent. Instead, we are witnessing the colonisation of urban space by market globalism (today’s dominant global ideology) and securitised surveillance regimes. Against this backdrop, how should we interpret the proliferation of metaphors that claim to communicate the essence of global transformation? In what ways do space and language work together to normalise the truth claims of powerful ideological players? What kinds of social forces mobilise to contest the cooptation of language and space and to pose alternative local and global futures?

This volume poses these questions against the collapse of old geographical scales and cartographic techniques for identifying the contours of civil society. The city acts as an entry point to a new spatial analytics of contemporary ideological forces.

This book was published as a special issue of Globalizations.

Table of Contents

1. Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes: Introduction Manfred B. Steger (RMIT University, Professor of Global Studies) and Anne McNevin (RMIT University, Research Fellow)

2. After Neoliberalization? Neil Brenner (New York University, Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies), Jamie Peck (University of British Columbia, Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy) and Nik Theodore (University of Illinois, Chicago, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development)

3. Provoking 'globalist Sydney': neoliberal summits and spatial reappropriation James Goodman (University of Technology Sydney, Associate Professor)

4. Toronto’s Distillery District: Consumption and Nostalgia in a Post-Industrial Landscape Margaret Kohn (University of Toronto, Associate Professor)

5. Delhi: Global mobilities, identity and the postmodern consumption of place Chris Hudson (RMIT University, Senior Lecturer)

6. Materializing the Metaphors of Global Cities: Singapore and Silicon Valley Terrell Carver (University of Bristol, Professor of Political Theory)

7. Gaming Space: Casinopolitan Globalism from Las Vegas to Macau Timothy W. Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Distinguished Professor of Political Science)

8. Border Policing and Sovereign Terrain: The Spatial Framing of Unwanted Migration in Australia and Melbourne Anne McNevin (RMIT University, Research Fellow)

9. Hong Kong and Berlin: Alternative Scopic Regimes Michael J Shapiro (University of Hawaii, Professor of Political Science)

10. An Emergent Landscape of Inequality in Southeast Asia: Cementing Socio-Spatial Inequalities in Viet Nam James H. Spencer (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Associate Professor)

About the Editors

Manfred B. Steger is Professor of Global Studies and Research Leader of the Globalization and Culture Program of the Global Cities Research Institute at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa. He has served as an academic consultant on globalization for the US State Department and as an advisor to the PBS TV series, "Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism."

Anne McNevin is Research Fellow in the Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne. She is the author of Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political, forthcoming with Columbia University Press. Her research into irregular migrant activism and the transformation of citizenship is also published in New Political Science, Review of International Studies and Citizenship Studies.

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries