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

ISBN 9781138290051
Published December 9, 2019 by Routledge
572 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents


Michael E Leary-Owhin and John P McCarthy


1. Lefebvre’s Transduction in a Neoliberal Epoch.

Michael E Leary-Ohwin

2. Lefebvre in Palestine: Anti-colonial Re-colonisation and the Right to the City

Oded Haas

3. The Urban Revolution(s) in Latin America: reinventing utopia

Chris Hesketh

4. Contesting Spaces of an Urban Renewal Project: a study of Kumartuli’s artist colony

Rishika Mukhopadhyay

5. Lefebvre and Contemporary Urbanism: the enduring influence and critical power of his writing on cities

Pierre Filion

6. Neo-Liberalism, Extraction and Displacement: abstract space and urbanism in India’s tribal belt

Michael Spacek

7. Constructed Otherness: remaking space in American suburbia

Gregory Marinic

8. Prohibited places: The pericentral self-produced neighbourhoods of Maputo in the neoliberal context

Silvia Jorge



9. Still Burning: the politics of language in the South Bronx

Oscar Oliver-Didier

10. Spaces of Resistance in Luanda: ‘How do (small) gains become prisons?’ An analysis from a Lefebvrian perspective

Sílvia Leiria Viegas

11. Reading and Applying Lefebvre as an Urban Social Anthropologist

Siew Peng-Lee and Ho Hon Leung

12. Toward a Contemporary Concrete Abstract

Steve Hanson and Mark Rainey

13. Russian Dolls: trialectics in motion and spatial analysis

Miguel Torres Garcia

14. Counter-Spaces, No-Mans’ Lands and Mainstream Public Space: representational spaces in homeless activism in Japan

Carl Cassegard

15. Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis as a Form of Urban Poetics

Claire Revol

16. Space in Representation: dislocation of meaning from the Gezi Park protests to the new Turkish presidential compound

Bulent Batuman




17. Lefebvre and the Law: social justice, the spatial imaginary and new technologies

Julia J. A. Shaw

18. Interpreting the Spatial Triad: a new analytical model between form and flux, space and time

Gunter Heinickel and Hans-Peter Meier Dallach

19. Movement Without Words: an intersection of Lefebvre and the urban practice of skateboarding

Iain Borden

20. Visual Production of Urban Space: Lefebvre, the city and cinema

Nick Jones

21. Dominated and Appropriated Knowledge Workspaces: a tale of two cities

Ian Ellison

22. Dwelling on Design: the influence of Logos and Eros, Nouns and Verbs, on public housing renewal and cooperative alternatives

Matthew Thompson

23. The Consequential Geographies of the Immigrant Neighbourhoods of Quinta do Mocho in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

Margarida Queiros, Anna Ludovici and Jorge Malheiros

24. Contested Cultural Heritage Space in Urban Renewal: the case of dense urban city in Hong Kong

Esther H. K. Yung and Ho Hon Leung




25. Urban Agriculture: Food as Production of Space

Michael Granzow and Rob Shields

26. Ecologizing Lefebvre: Urban Mobilities and the Production of Nature

Nicholas A Scott

27. Lefebvre and Atmospheric Production: An Architectronics of Air

Derek R Ford

28. Transforming Nature through Cyclical Appropriation Or Linear Dominance?: Lefebvre’s Contributions to Thinking about the Interaction between Human Activity and Nature

Daniel Paiva

29. Drivers of Global Urbanization: Exploring the emerging Urban Society

Panu Lehtovuori, Jani Tartia and Damiano Cerrone

30. The Aesthetics of Spatial Justice under Planetary Urbanisation

Saara Liinamaa

31. Mapping Lefebvre's Theory on the Production of Space to an Integrated Approach for Sustainable Urbanism

Florian Wiedmann and Ashraf M Salama

32. Land Use Planning, Global Changes and Local Responsibilities

Luca P Marescotti




33. Right to the City or to the Planet? Why Henri Lefebvre’s Vision is Useful and too Narrow at the same time

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

34. ‘In a group you feel OK, but outside there you are ready to die’: The Role of a Support Group in Disabled Refugees’ Struggles for their ‘Right To The City’ In Kampala, Uganda

Eveliina Lyytinen

35. ‘Right to the City’ Versus Neoliberal Urbanism in globalizing cities in China

Ran Liu and Tai-Chee Wong

36. Urban Creativity through Displacement and Spatial Disruption

Sana Murrani

37. The ‘Newcomers’ Right to the City: Producing Common Spaces in Athens and Thessaloniki

Charalampos Tsavdarolgou

38. The Right to the City: Evaluating the Changing Role of Community Participation in Urban Planning in England

Nick Bailey

39. Lefebvre and the Inequity of Obesity: Slim Chance of Food Justice for the Urban Poor

Hillary J Shaw

40. The Urban and the Written in Lefebvre’s Urban Texts

Rebio Diaz Cardona




41. Exploring the Contours of the Right to the City: Abstraction, Appropriation and Utopia

Chris Butler

42. Informal Settlements and Shanty Towns as Differential Space

Marie Huchzermeyer

43. From Mourenx to Spaces of Difference

Michael E Leary-Owhin

44. Right to the City and Urban Resistances in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective

Gülçin Erdi

45. Dystopian Utopia? Utopian Dystopia? A Tale of Two Struggles for the Right to the City

Mee Kam Ng

46 ‘Something More, Something Better, Something Else, is needed’: A renewed ‘Fête’ on London’s South Bank

Alasdair J H Jones

47 The Right to the City: Centre or Periphery?

Nathaniel Coleman


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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.