1st Edition

Social Justice and the City

ISBN 9781138322745
Published December 11, 2018 by Routledge
312 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 Muñoz

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.