The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes analyses intended to be useful for efforts to roll back contemporary profit-based forms of urbanization, and to promote alternative, radically democratic and sustainable forms of urbanism.

The contributors provide cutting-edge analyses of contemporary urban restructuring, including the issues of neoliberalization, gentrification, colonization, "creative" cities, architecture and political power, sub-prime mortgage foreclosures and the ongoing struggles of "right to the city" movements. At the same time, the book explores the diverse interpretive frameworks – critical and otherwise – that are currently being used in academic discourse, in political struggles, and in everyday life to decipher contemporary urban transformations and contestations. The slogan, "cities for people, not for profit," sets into stark relief what the contributors view as a central political question involved in efforts, at once theoretical and practical, to address the global urban crises of our time.

Drawing upon European and North American scholarship in sociology, politics, geography, urban planning and urban design, the book provides useful insights and perspectives for citizens, activists and intellectuals interested in exploring alternatives to contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization.

chapter 1|10 pages

Cities for People, Not For Profit

An introduction
ByNeil Brenner, Peter Marcuse, Margit Mayer

chapter 2|13 pages

What is Critical Urban Theory?

ByNeil Brenner

chapter 3|18 pages

Whose Right(S) to What City?

ByPeter Marcuse

chapter 6|16 pages

Space and Revolution in Theory and Practice

Eight theses
ByGoonewardena Kanishka

chapter 8|21 pages

Assemblages, Actor– Networks, and the Challenges of Critical Urban Theory1

ByNeil Brenner, David J. Madden, David Wachsmuth

chapter 10|21 pages

Critical Theory and “Gray Space”

Mobilization of the colonized
ByYiftachel Oren

chapter 11|26 pages

Missing Marcuse

On gentrification and displacement 1
ByTom Slater

chapter 12|18 pages

An Actually Existing Just City?

The fight for the right to the city in Amsterdam
ByJustus Uitermark

chapter 13|16 pages

A Critical Approach to Solving the Housing Problem

ByPeter Marcuse

chapter 14|19 pages

Socialist Cities, for People or for Power?

Bruno Flierl in conversation with Peter Marcuse
ByBruno Flierl, Peter Marcuse

chapter 15|14 pages

The Right to the City

From theory to grassroots alliance
ByJon Liss

chapter 16|11 pages

What is to Be done?

And who the hell is going to do it?
ByDavid Harvey, David Wachsmuth