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1st Edition

Social Justice and the City

Edited By

Nik Heynen

ISBN 9780367663551
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
324 Pages

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Book Description

This special collection aims to offer insight into the state of geography on questions of social justice and urban life. While using social justice and the city as our starting point may signal inspiration from Harvey’s (1973) book of the same name, the task of examining the emergence of this concept has revealed the deep influence of grassroots urban uprisings of the late 1960s, earlier and contemporary meditations on our urban worlds (Jacobs, 1961, 1969; Lefebvre, 1974; Massey and Catalano, 1978) as well as its enduring significance built upon by many others for years to come. Laws (1994) noted how geographers came to locate social justice struggles in the city through research that examined the ways in which material conditions contributed to poverty and racial and gender inequity, as well as how emergent social movements organized to reshape urban spaces across diverse engagements including the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, anti-war protests, feminist and LGBTQ activism, the American Indian Movement, and disability access.

This book originally published as a special issue of Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Enduring Struggle for Social Justice and the City Nik Heynen, Dani Aiello, Caroline Keegan, and Nikki Luke 1. Geography and the Priority of Injustice Clive Barnett 2. Against the Evils of Democracy: Fighting Forced Disappearance and Neoliberal Terror in Mexico Melissa W. Wright 3. Locating the Social in Social Justice Robert W. Lake 4. Resisting Planetary Gentrification: The Value of Survivability in the Fight to Stay Put Loretta Lees, Sandra Annunziata, and Clara Rivas-Alonso 5. Urban Movements and the Genealogy of Urban Rights Discourses: The Case of Urban Protesters against Redevelopment and Displacement in Seoul, South Korea Hyun Bang Shin 6. Urban Precarity and Home: There Is No “Right to the City” Solange Mu~noz 7. The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: Counter Mapping and Oral History toward Bay Area Housing Justice Manissa M. Maharawal and Erin McElroy 8. From New York to Ecuador and Back Again: Transnational Journeys of Policies and People Kate Swanson 9. Police Torture in Chicago: Theorizing Violence and Social Justice in a Racialized City Aretina R. Hamilton and Kenneth Foote 10. The Uneven Geographies of America’s Hidden Rape Crisis: A District-Level Analysis of Underpolicing in St. Louis Alec Brownlow 11. Building Relationships within Difference: An Anarcha-Feminist Approach to the Micropolitics of Solidarity Carrie Mott 12. Praxis in the City: Care and (Re)Injury in Belfast and Orumiyeh Lorraine Dowler and A. Marie Ranjbar 13. Without Space: The Politics of Precarity and Dispossession in Postsocialist Bucharest Jasmine Arpagian and Stuart C. Aitken 14. Neoliberalizing Social Justice in Infrastructure Revitalization Planning: Analyzing Toronto’s More Moss Park Project in Its Early Stages David J. Roberts and John Paul Catungal 15. Safe Cities and Queer Spaces: The Urban Politics of Radical LGBT Activism Kian Goh 16. Disciplining Deserving Subjects through Social Assistance: Migration and the Diversification of Precarity in Singapore Junjia Ye and Brenda S. A. Yeoh 17. Occupy Hong Kong? Gweilo Citizenship and Social Justice Michael Joseph Richardson 18. Land Justice as a Historical Diagnostic: Thinking with Detroit Sara Safransky 19. Wrangling Settler Colonialism in the Urban U.S. West: Indigenous and Mexican American Struggles for Social Justice Laura Barraclough 20. The Legacy Effect: Understanding How Segregation and Environmental Injustice Unfold over Time in Baltimore Morgan Grove, Laura Ogden, Steward Pickett, Chris Boone, Geoff Buckley, Dexter H. Locke, Charlie Lord, and Billy Hall 21. “This Port Is Killing People”: Sustainability without Justice in the Neo-Keynesian Green City Juan De Lara 22. “Wagering Life” in the Petro-City: Embodied Ecologies of Oil Flow, Capitalism, and Justice in Esmeraldas, Ecuador Gabriela Valdivia 23. Decolonizing Urban Political Ecologies: The Production of Nature in Settler Colonial Cities Michael Simpson and Jen Bagelman 24. Datafying Disaster: Institutional Framings of Data Production Following Superstorm Sandy Ryan Burns 25. Cultivating (a) Sustainability Capital: Urban Agriculture, Ecogentrification, and the Uneven Valorization of Social Reproduction Nathan McClintock 26. From “Rust Belt” to “Fresh Coast”: Remaking the City through Food Justice and Urban Agriculture Margaret Pettygrove and Rina Ghose

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Nik Heynen is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA. His research interests include urban political ecology and the politics of race, class, and gender.