1st Edition

Spatial Justice in the City

Edited By Sophie Watson Copyright 2020
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    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

    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.


    Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University