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Cities for People, Not for Profit


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1. Cities for people, not for profit: an introduction Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer 2. What is critical urban theory? Neil Brenner 3. Whose right(s) to what city? Peter Marcuse 4. Henri Lefebvre, the right to the city and the new metropolitan mainstream Christian Schmid 5. The `right to the city' in urban social movements Margit Mayer 6. Space and revolution in theory and practice: eight theses Kanishka Goonewardena 7. Critical development studies and the praxis of planning Katharine N. Rankin 8. Assemblages, actor networks and the challenges of critical urban theory Neil Brenner, David J. Madden and David Wachsmuth 9. 'Creative cities' and the rise of the dealer class Stefan Kratke 10. Critical theory and `gray space': mobilization of the colonized Oren Yiftachel 11. Missing Marcuse: on gentrification and displacement Tom Slater 12. An actually existing just city? The fight for the right to the city in Amsterdam Justus Uitermark 13. A critical approach to solving the housing problem Peter Marcuse 14. Socialist cities, for people or for power? Bruno Flierl in conversation with Peter Marcuse 15. Right to the city - from theory to alliance Jon Liss 16. What is to be done, and who the hell is going to do it? David Harvey with David Wachsmuth Afterward by Peter Marcuse: "Light Verse"

About the Author

Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He formerly served as Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University. He is the author of New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2004); co-editor of Spaces of Neoliberalism (with Nik Theodore; Blackwell, 2002); and co-editor of The Global Cities Reader (with Roger Keil; Routledge, 2006). His research interests include critical urban theory, sociospatial theory, state theory and comparative geopolitical economy. Peter Marcuse, a planner and lawyer, is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University. He is the co-editor of Globalizing Cities (Blackwell, 2000) as well as of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Searching for the Just City (Routledge, 2009). His fields of research include city planning, housing, homelessness, the use of public space, the right to the city, social justice in the city, globalization, urban history, the relation between cultural activities and urban development, and, most recently, solutions to the mortgage foreclosure crisis. He is beginning work on a book on critical planning, and a companion volume including analytic cases culled from past writings. Margit Mayer teaches comparative and North American politics at the Freie Universitat Berlin. Her research focuses on comparative politics, urban and social politics, and social movements. She has publishedaon variousaaspects of contemporary urban politics, urban theory, and (welfare) state restructuring, much of it in comparative perspective.aShe is co-editor of Politics in European Cities (with Hubert Heinelt; Birkhauser, 1993), Urban Movements in a Globalising World (with Pierre Hamel and Henri Lustiger-Thaler; Routledge, 2000) and Neoliberal Urbanism and its Contestations -- Crossing Theoretical Boundaries (with Jenny Kunkel; Palgrave, 2011).


"From some of the most important urban scholars of our time comes a book that confronts the central political question of our time: can cities be for people?a Written against the backdrop of both the global financial crisis and intensifying social movements, this collection of essays is a wonderful example of why critical theory matters for social change." - Ananya Roy, Professor of City & Regional Planning and Co-Director, Global Metropolitan Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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