1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society

Edited By Michael E. Leary-Owhin, John P. McCarthy Copyright 2020
    572 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    572 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre,The City and Urban Society is the first edited book to focus on Lefebvre's urban theories and ideas from a global perspective, making use of recent theoretical and empirical developments, with contributions from eminent as well as emergent global scholars.

    The book provides international comparison of Lefebvrian research and theoretical conjecture and aims; to engage with and critique Lefebvre's ideas in the context of contemporary urban, social and environmental upheavals; to use Lefebvre's spatial triad as a research tool as well as a point of departure for the adoption of ideas such as differential space; to reassess Lefebvre's ideas in relation to nature and global environmental sustainability; and to highlight how a Lefebvrian approach might assist in mobilising resistance to the excesses of globalised neoliberal urbanism. The volume draws inspiration from Lefebvre's key texts (The Production of SpaceCritique of Everyday Life; and The Urban Revolution) and includes a comprehensive introduction and concluding chapter by the editors. The conclusions highlight implications in relation to increasing spatial inequalities; increasing diversity of needs including those of migrants; more authoritarian approaches; and asymmetries of access to urban space. Above all, the book illustrates the continuing relevance of Levebvre's ideas for contemporary urban issues and shows – via global case studies – how resistance to spatial domination by powerful interests might be achieved. 

    The Handbook helps the reader navigate the complex terrain of spatial research inspired by Lefebvre. In particular the Handbook focuses on: the series of struggles globally for the 'right to the city' and the collision of debates around the urban age, 'cityism' and planetary urbanisation. It will be a guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for academics in the fields of Human Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Applied Philosophy, Planning, Urban Theory and Urban Studies. Practitioners and activists in the field will also find the book of relevance.

    Part 1: Globalized Neoliberal Urbanism: Hegemony and Opposition

    Part 2: Revisiting the Spaital Triad and Rhythmanalysis

    Part 3: Representing and Contesting Urban Space

    Part 4: Planetary Urbanisation and 'Nature'

    Part 5: Rethinking the Right to The City

    Part 6: Right to the City, Differential Space and Urban Utopias



    Michael E. Leary-Owhin has an international reputation in the fields of urban planning and regeneration. He has over 30 years’ experience in the field and has practiced in the public and private sectors, recently giving expert witness evidence at a major urban regeneration public inquiry in the UK.

    John P. McCarthy is Associate Professor in Urban Studies in The Urban Institute, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University. He worked as a planning practitioner in the public sector in London in the 1980s, and has worked in academia at the University of Dundee and Heriot-Watt University.