chapter  9
The regulation of urban accessibility
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This chapter will explore the urban geography of disablement through a case study of accessibility regulation. As with the previous case studies, this empirically based investigation will use historical-geographical analysis to explain how specific dimensions of disablement arise, and are reproduced, through the interplay of structural, institutional and contextual conditions. In this case, the spheres of accessibility regulation – access laws, building standards, rights-based guarantees – are examined critically, with a view to explaining the origins of the inaccessibility of capitalist cities. I will also show how this form of oppression is both reproduced and challenged through institutional and political practices.