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Spatial Justice in the City

1st Edition

Edited by Sophie Watson


192 pages

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pub: 2019-11-14
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In the context of increasing division and segregation in cities across the world, along with pressing concerns around austerity, environmental degradation, homelessness, violence, and refugees, this book pursues a multidisciplinary approach to spatial justice in the city.

Spatial justice has been central to urban theorists in various ways. Intimately connected to social justice, it is a term implicated in relations of power which concern the spatial distribution of resources, rights and materials. Arguably there can be no notion of social justice that is not spatial. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos has argued that spatial justice is the struggle of various bodies – human, natural, non-organic, technological – to occupy a certain space at a certain time. As such, urban planning and policy interventions are always, to some extent at least, about spatial justice. And, as cities become ever more unequal, it is crucial that urbanists address questions of spatial justice in the city. To this end, this book considers these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Crossing law, sociology, history, cultural studies and geography, the book’s overarching concern with how to think spatial justice in the city brings a fresh perspective to issues that have concerned urbanists for several decades. The inclusion of empirical work in London brings the political, social, and cultural aspects of spatial justice to life.

The book will be of interest to academics and students in the field of urban studies, sociology, geography, planning, space law and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Chapter 1 Introducing Spatial Justice Sophie Watson Open University

Chapter 2. Social Media and Spatial Justice:Instagram, Place and Recursive Logics of Exclusion in North European Cities David Herbert Kingston University and University of Agder, Norway

Chapter 3 Enacting Exclusion in Contemporary Gulf Cities Harvey Molotch (New York University) and Davide Ponzini (Politecnico di Milano)

Chapter 4 Spatial, or situational justice: A pragmatist account

Gary Bridge Cardiff University

Chapter 5 Spatial Justice and Religious Water based Practices.

Sophie Watson Open University

Chapter 6 Of Trophy and Triumph: Affective Attachments and Proprietary Feelings in Koenigsberg/Kaliningrad, 1945-1950 Olga Sezneva, University of Amsterdam

Chapter 7 Social Art Practice and Spatial Injustice: disentangling the web of arts expediency. Alison Rooke Goldsmiths University and Christian Von-Wissel  School of Architecture, City University of Applied Sciences Bremen  University .

Chapter 8 Fighting for the Right to the Streets: The Politics and Poetics of Protection in Women’s Self-Defense Francis Dodsworth, Kingston University London

Chapter 9 Making space for waste: Fractal re-production of unsustainable environments Francisco Calafate- Faria. Goldsmiths University

Chapter 10. The inconclusive Spatial Justice Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos Westminster University.

About the Editor

Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University

About the Series

Space, Materiality and the Normative

Space, Materiality and the Normative presents new ways of thinking about the connections between space and materiality from a normative perspective. The series is concerned with addressing the use, regulation and experience of space and materiality, broadly understood, and in particular with exploring their links and the challenges they raise for law, politics and normativity.

Space, Materiality and the Normative welcomes analyses of space–materiality–normativity links from any institutional setting (financial market spaces, organisational spaces, urban space, legal space, mediated space, architecture, etc.). Proposals can be theoretical, discussing various conceptual strategies to study the use, regulation and experience space and materiality; they can be historical, outlining changes in how spaces are governed; or they can assume a more contemporary-diagnostic approach, investigating, for example, the emergence of post-national architectures or post-capitalist urban spaces. Submissions are welcomed exploring the following themes:

  • The changing politics of space, bodies and objects
  • Embedded normativities of spatial governance and resistance
  • Megacities and the regulatory (and experiential) challenges they give rise to
  • Spatial atmospheres, how they are experiences and governed
  • The links between space and materiality
  • Colonial and postcolonial spaces and materialities

The book series is intended as a critical interdisciplinary series, at the interface of law, social theory, politics, architecture, geography and urban studies.

For further information on the series, or to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the Series Editors at:

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, School of Law, University of Westminster, email:

Christian Borch, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, email:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Jurisprudence
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban