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The City Is the Factory


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Introduction: From the Factory to the City and Back Again, Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis 1. The Street Labor Movement, Kathleen Dunn 2. Day Labor Agencies and the Logic and Landscape of Neoliberal Poverty Management, Gretchen Purser 3. Economic Development for Whom? Retail, Neoliberal Urbanism, and the "Fight for 15," Stephanie Luce and Penny Lewis 4. Context, Coalitions, and Organizing: Immigrant Labor Rights Advocacy in San Francisco and Houston, Els de Graauw and Shannon Gleeson 5. A Bridge Too Far: Industrial Gentrification and the Dynamics of Sacrifice in New York City, Melissa Checker 6. Radical Ruptures: Crisis Organizing and the Spatial Politics of Uneven Redevelopment, Miriam Greenberg 7. The Other Low-Carbon Protagonists: Poor People's Movements and Climate Politics in Sao Paulo, Daniel Aldana Cohen 8. The Space of Speech, Lize Mogel 9. Spatial Politics and Urban Borders: A Study of Buenos Aires, Alejandro Grimson 10. From Workers in the City to Workers' Cities?, Andrew Herod

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Miriam Greenberg is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Branding New York: How a City in Crisis Was Sold to the World and coauthor of Crisis Cities: Disaster and Redevelopment in New York and New Orleans. Penny Lewis is Associate Professor of Labor Studies at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, City University of New York. She is the author of Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory and coeditor ofThe City Is the Factory New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age, both from Cornell.


"The City Is the Factory brings together and updates the interdisciplinary scholarly research on urban politics, critical geography, neoliberalism, and social and labor movements. The editors and contributors examine and theorize about how contemporary social and labor activists form alliances that respond to neoliberal urban politics in novel ways and how they relate to urban spaces through collective action."-Ellen Reese, Professor of Sociology and Chair of Labor Studies, University of California, Riverside, author of They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back! Welfare Activism in an Era of Retrenchment "This book makes clear the importance of community- or city-based unionism and social movements. The future of organizing is going to have to take into account the centrality of the urban in capital accumulation processes, because it is through such processes that exploitation and oppression often work. The city is now indeed the factory."-Don Mitchell, Distinguished Professor of Geography, Syracuse University, author of The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space

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