1st Edition

Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes

Edited By Manfred Steger, Anne McNevin Copyright 2011
    144 Pages
    by Routledge

    142 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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)


    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 Professor of Political Science 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 Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Melbourne. She has broad research interests in the contemporary transformation of sovereignty, citizenship and political community with a particular focus on displacement, mobility, borders, humanitarian governance and the global governance of migration. Anne is author of Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political (Columbia University Press, 2011) and associate editor of the journal Citizenship Studies.