Contested Markets, Contested Cities: Gentrification and Urban Justice in Retail Spaces

1st Edition

Sara González

Routledge
Published December 11, 2017
Reference - 192 Pages - 14 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138217485 - CAT# Y291193
Series: Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City

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Summary

Markets are at the origin of urban life as places for social, cultural and economic encounter evolving over centuries. Today, they have a particular value as mostly independent, non-corporate and often informal work spaces serving millions of the most vulnerable communities across the world. At the same time, markets have become fashionable destinations for ‘foodies’ and middle class consumers and tourists looking for authenticity and heritage. The confluence of these potentially contradictory actors and their interests turns markets into "contested spaces".

Contested Markets, Contested Cities provides an analytical and multidisciplinary framework within which specific markets from Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Quito, Sofia, Madrid, London and Leeds (UK) are explored. This pioneering and highly original work examines public markets from a perspective of contestation looking at their role in processes of gentrification but also in political mobilisation and urban justice.

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