Art and the City
Ed. Jason Luger and Julie Ren (Routledge, 2017)
This book presents a global perspective on the relationship between art and the city. International and leading scholars and artists themselves present critical theory and practice of contemporary art as a politicised force. It extends thinking on contemporary arts practices in the urban and political context of protest and social resilience and offers the prism of a ‘critical artscape’ in which to view the urgent interaction of arts and the urban politic.
The Economics of Land Markets and their Regulation
Ed. Paul Cheshire and Christian Hilber (Edward Elgar, 2017)
This important volume brings together seminal papers investigating the framework upon which the economic analysis of land markets is based, stretching from the earliest insights of the founding fathers to current debates and research. Recent work on the process and implications of 'land value capitalisation' and land use regulation is well represented, for due to capitalisation, land is responsible for far more of the distribution of real incomes than is widely recognised.
Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá
Austin Zeiderman (Duke University Press, 2016)
Security and risk have become central to how cities are planned, built, governed, and inhabited in the twenty-first century. In Endangered City, Austin Zeiderman focuses on this new political imperative to govern the present in anticipation of future harm. Through ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Bogotá, Colombia, he examines how state actors work to protect the lives of poor and vulnerable citizens from a range of threats, including environmental hazards and urban violence.
Cities, slums and gender in the global south: towards a feminised urban future
Sylvia Chant and Cathy Mcllwaine (Routledge, 2016)
Developing regions are set to account for the vast majority of future urban growth, and women and girls will become the majority inhabitants of these locations in the Global South. This is one of the first books to detail the challenges facing poorer segments of the female population who commonly reside in ‘slums’. It explores the variegated disadvantages of urban poverty and slum-dwelling from a gender perspective. This book revolves around conceptualisation of the ‘gender-urban-slum interface’ which explains key elements to understanding women’s experiences in slum environments.
Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto López-Morales (Polity, 2016)
Rich with empirical detail, yet wide-ranging, Planetary Gentrification unhinges, unsettles and provincializes Western notions of urban development. It will be invaluable to students and scholars interested in the future of cities and the production of a truly global urban studies, and equally importantly to all those committed to social justice in cities.
The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies - Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles
Michael Storper, Thomas Kemeny, Naji Makarem & Taner Osman (Stanford University Press, 2015)
The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies challenges many of the conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings. The authors argue that it is essential to understand the interactions of three major components - economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors - to determine how well a regional economy will cope with new opportunities and challenges. Drawing on economics, sociology, political science, and geography, they argue that the economic development of metropolitan regions hinges on previously underexplored capacities for organizational change in firms, networks of people, and networks of leaders.
Gender, Poverty and Development
Ed. Sylvia Chant and Gwendolyn Beetham (Routledge, 2015)
Serious research into the problematic and contested relationship between notions of gender, poverty, and development continues to blossom. This major 4-volume work brings together cutting-edge and foundational research to provide users with a ‘mini library’ on the gendered dimensions of the causes, contexts, and consequences of international poverty.
Global Gentrifications: Uneven development and displacement
Ed. Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin, & Ernesto López-Morales (Policy Press, 2015)
Under contemporary capitalism the extraction of value from the built environment has escalated, working in tandem with other urban processes to lay the foundations for the exploitative processes of gentrification world-wide. Global gentrifications critically assesses and tests the meaning and significance of gentrification in places outside the ‘usual suspects’ of the Global North.