This volume documents research illustrating public dissents and interventions to injustice in modern-day cities. Authors present everyday occurrences of city life and place making; still, they show how the ordinary city grows from historical dimensions of injustice, violence and fear. Yet, ordinary citizens continue to make the city their own, to contribute to the creation of city structures and to contest those practices of spatial demarcation, which limit rather than uplift their everyday social livelihood. Chapters show how marginalized populations, from racial, to gendered, to the working poor, are part of the apparatus that makes the city function. However, their contributions to city arrangement and endurance are perpetually at the margins, and city spaces continue to be designed in ways that ignore and negate the existence of those who protest inequity.

Novel to the volume are chapters that document and illustrate contestations of city spaces through artistic representation. Public spaces like schools, art galleries and museums are presented as central to projects of inhabiting, remembering and reimagining (in) the just city. Still, ordinary city spaces, like the public washroom, illustrate issues of gender inequity, spatial bias and other art-based protests.

City dwellers interested in learning about ‘the making’ of the city; and those interested in the city as a space of possibilities – and the good life, will benefit from this volume. Scholars of geography, space, art and social justice will marvel and simultaneously be appalled by the everyday minute, yet shocking descriptions of the complexity – and unfairly structured city spaces in which they dwell.

chapter |14 pages


Experiencing and Contesting Spatialized Injustice in the City

part Section 1|52 pages

Confronting Racialization in the Multicultural City

chapter Chapter 1|25 pages

Deconstructing Socio-Spatial Injustices

Urban Poverty among Blacks in Toronto

part Section 2|86 pages

Disputing Urban Territories of Injustice

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

Drawing as Repertoire

Three Drawing Practices that Resist Matter Out-of-Place in the Contemporary City

chapter Chapter 4|24 pages

Embodying the City through the Arts, Community Engagement, and Political Mobilization

Agua, Sol y Sereno's Collective Theater and Cultural Agency in Contemporary Puerto Rico 1

chapter Chapter 5|20 pages

Lament Poetry

Voices of Protest 1

part Section 3|58 pages

Contesting and Reproducing Spatialized Injustice in the City through Schooling

chapter Chapter 7|21 pages

Between Responsibility and “Responsibilization”

The Everyday Making of School in Buenos Aires Slums

chapter Chapter 9|22 pages

Educational Borderlands

Teachers' Experiences and Intentions Crossing Borders into a High-Status School Subject