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Brands and the City: Entanglements and Implications for Urban Life

Brands and the City: Entanglements and Implications for Urban Life

1st Edition

Sonia Bookman
April 15, 2019

From commercial retail environments to branded urban villages, brands are now a salient feature of contemporary cityscapes and are deeply entwined in people’s everyday lives. Drawing on extensive empirical material and recent theoretical developments in the sociology of brands, this book explores...

Contentious Politics and the Welfare State: Squatting in Sweden

Contentious Politics and the Welfare State: Squatting in Sweden

1st Edition

Dominika V. Polanska
March 14, 2019

This book outlines the history of squatting in Sweden and analyzes the conditions under which squatting has intensified and declined in the country between 1968 and 2017. With close attention to the relationship between civil society and the state in the Swedish context, and the manner in which...

Transport, Transgression and Politics in African Cities: The Rhythm of Chaos

Transport, Transgression and Politics in African Cities: The Rhythm of Chaos

1st Edition

Daniel E. Agbiboa
August 09, 2018

This collection of field-based case-studies examines the role and contributions of Africa’s informal public transport (also referred to as paratransit) to the production of city forms and urban economies, as well as the voices, experiences, and survival tactics of its poor and stigmatised workforce...

Everyday Life in the Gentrifying City: On Displacement, Ethnic Privileging and the Right to Stay Put

Everyday Life in the Gentrifying City: On Displacement, Ethnic Privileging and the Right to Stay Put

1st Edition

Tone Huse
April 27, 2018

Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Oslo, Everyday Life in the Gentrifying City offers an examination of gentrification from below, exploring the effects of this process upon city neighbourhoods and those that inhabit them, whether residents, business owners and their customers, or local...

Opportunities and Deprivation in the Urban South: Poverty, Segregation and Social Networks in São Paulo

Opportunities and Deprivation in the Urban South: Poverty, Segregation and Social Networks in São Paulo

1st Edition

Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques
May 25, 2017

Contending that everyday sociability and social networks are central elements to an understanding of urban poverty, Opportunities and Deprivation in the Urban South draws on detailed research conducted in São Paulo in an examination of the social networks of individuals who identify as poor. The...

Beyond the Resources of Poverty: Gecekondu Living in the Turkish Capital

Beyond the Resources of Poverty: Gecekondu Living in the Turkish Capital

1st Edition

Sebnem Eroglu
November 23, 2016

This groundbreaking volume researches the lives of gecekondu settlers in the capital city of Turkey in order to understand how households cope with poverty and why some households are more successful than others in reducing their deprivation. It takes a critical stance towards existing conceptions...

Boosting Competitiveness Through Decentralization: Subnational Comparison of Local Development in Mexico

Boosting Competitiveness Through Decentralization: Subnational Comparison of Local Development in Mexico

1st Edition

Aylin Topal
November 17, 2016

Decentralization is accepted as one of the defining features of the third wave of democratic transitions in Latin America and commonly understood as an index and an agent of democratization. This rather optimistic perspective is inherent in the literature which is dominated by two theories. The...

Residential Segregation in Comparative Perspective: Making Sense of Contextual Diversity

Residential Segregation in Comparative Perspective: Making Sense of Contextual Diversity

1st Edition

Kuniko Fujita, Thomas Maloutas
November 17, 2016

We know very little about variations in urban class and ethnic segregation among nations and even less about differences among cities in different regions of the world. Spatial organization (places and neighbourhoods) matters significantly in some cities in reproducing class relations and...

Social Mobility and Neighbourhood Choice: Turkish-Germans in Berlin

Social Mobility and Neighbourhood Choice: Turkish-Germans in Berlin

1st Edition

Christine Barwick
March 10, 2016

What are the consequences of staying in or moving out of a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhood? In European urban sociology, research has mostly focused either on lower class ethnic minorities, or on white ethnic majority middle classes. By contrast, studies on upwardly mobile ethnic...

Creating the Unequal City: The Exclusionary Consequences of Everyday Routines in Berlin

Creating the Unequal City: The Exclusionary Consequences of Everyday Routines in Berlin

1st Edition

Talja Blokland, Carlotta Giustozzi, Daniela Krüger, Hannah Schilling
December 18, 2015

Cities can be seen as geographical imaginaries: places have meanings attributed so that they are perceived, represented and interpreted in a particular way. We may therefore speak of cityness rather than 'the city': the city is always in the making. It cannot be grasped as a fixed structure in...

Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe

Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe

1st Edition

Kerstin Jacobsson
July 28, 2015

What can we learn about collective action across Central and Eastern Europe by focusing on activism within urban spaces? This volume argues that the recent resurgence of urban grassroots mobilisation represents a new phase in the development of post-socialist civil societies and that these civil...

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