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The New Urban Question

Andy Merrifield

The New Urban Question

Andy Merrifield

Distributed for Pluto Press

160 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780745334837 Published March 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780745334844 Published March 2014 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

The New Urban Question is an exuberant and illuminating adventure through our current global urban condition, tracing the connections between radical urban theory and political activism.

From Haussmann’s attempts to use urban planning to rid 19th-century Paris of workers revolution to the contemporary metropolis, including urban disaster-zones such as downtown Detroit, Merrifield reveals how the urban experience has been profoundly shaped by class antagonism and been the battle-ground for conspiracies, revolts and social eruptions.

Going beyond the work of earlier urban theorists such as Manuel Castells, Merrifield identifies the new urban question that has emerged and demands urgent attention, as the city becomes a site of active plunder by capital and the setting for new forms of urban struggle, from Occupy to the Indignados.

Contents

Preface: Neo-Haussmannization and Its Discontents
1. Whither Urban Studies?
2. Old Urban Questions Revisited (and Reconstituted)
3. Cities Under Tension
4. Strategic Embellishment and Urban Civil War
5. Sentimental Urban Education
6. Urban Jacobinism
7. Old Discourse on New Inequality
8. Every Revolution has Its Agora
9. Taking Back Urban Politics
10. Whose City? The Parasites’, of course...
Afterword: The Parasitic Mode of Urbanization
Notes
Index

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