This special collection aims to offer insight into the state of geography on questions of social justice and urban life. While using social justice and the city as our starting point may signal inspiration from Harvey’s (1973) book of the same name, the task of examining the emergence of this concept has revealed the deep influence of grassroots urban uprisings of the late 1960s, earlier and contemporary meditations on our urban worlds (Jacobs, 1961, 1969; Lefebvre, 1974; Massey and Catalano, 1978) as well as its enduring significance built upon by many others for years to come. Laws (1994) noted how geographers came to locate social justice struggles in the city through research that examined the ways in which material conditions contributed to poverty and racial and gender inequity, as well as how emergent social movements organized to reshape urban spaces across diverse engagements including the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, anti-war protests, feminist and LGBTQ activism, the American Indian Movement, and disability access.

This book originally published as a special issue of Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

chapter |16 pages

Introduction: The Enduring Struggle for Social Justice and the City

ByNik Heynen, Dani Aiello, Caroline Keegan, Nikki Luke

chapter 1|10 pages

Geography and the Priority of Injustice

ByClive Barnett

chapter 2|10 pages

Against the Evils of Democracy

Fighting Forced Disappearance and Neoliberal Terror in Mexico
ByMelissa W. Wright

chapter 3|9 pages

Locating the Social in Social Justice

ByRobert W. Lake

chapter 4|9 pages

Resisting Planetary Gentrification

The Value of Survivability in the Fight to Stay Put
ByLoretta Lees, Sandra Annunziata, Clara Rivas-Alonso
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chapter 5|14 pages

Urban Movements and the Genealogy of Urban Rights Discourses

The Case of Urban Protesters against Redevelopment and Displacement in Seoul, South Korea
ByHyun Bang Shin

chapter 6|10 pages

Urban Precarity and Home

There Is No “Right to the City”
BySolange Muñoz

chapter 7|10 pages

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Counter Mapping and Oral History toward Bay Area Housing Justice
ByManissa M. Maharawal, Erin McElroy

chapter 8|9 pages

From New York to Ecuador and Back Again

Transnational Journeys of Policies and People
ByKate Swanson

chapter 9|12 pages

Police Torture in Chicago

Theorizing Violence and Social Justice in a Racialized City
ByAretina R. Hamilton, Kenneth Foote

chapter 10|13 pages

The Uneven Geographies of America’s Hidden Rape Crisis

A District-Level Analysis of Underpolicing in St. Louis
ByAlec Brownlow

chapter 11|10 pages

Building Relationships within Difference

An Anarcha-Feminist Approach to the Micropolitics of Solidarity
ByCarrie Mott

chapter 12|11 pages

Praxis in the City

Care and (Re)Injury in Belfast and Orumiyeh
ByLorraine Dowler, A. Marie Ranjbar

chapter 13|9 pages

Without Space

The Politics of Precarity and Dispossession in Postsocialist Bucharest
ByJasmine Arpagian, Stuart C. Aitken

chapter 14|9 pages

Neoliberalizing Social Justice in Infrastructure Revitalization Planning

Analyzing Toronto’s More Moss Park Project in Its Early Stages
ByDavid J. Roberts, John Paul Catungal

chapter 15|15 pages

Safe Cities and Queer Spaces

The Urban Politics of Radical LGBT Activism
ByKian Goh

chapter 16|8 pages

Disciplining Deserving Subjects through Social Assistance

Migration and the Diversification of Precarity in Singapore
ByJunjia Ye, Brenda S. A. Yeoh

chapter 17|13 pages

Occupy Hong Kong? Gweilo Citizenship and Social Justice

ByMichael Joseph Richardson

chapter 18|14 pages

Land Justice as a Historical Diagnostic

Thinking with Detroit
BySara Safransky

chapter 19|11 pages

Wrangling Settler Colonialism in the Urban U.S. West

Indigenous and Mexican American Struggles for Social Justice
ByLaura Barraclough

chapter 20|14 pages

The Legacy Effect

Understanding How Segregation and Environmental Injustice Unfold over Time in Baltimore
ByMorgan Grove, Laura Ogden, Steward Pickett, Chris Boone, Geoff Buckley, Dexter H. Locke, Charlie Lord, Billy Hall

chapter 21|11 pages

“This Port Is Killing People”

Sustainability without Justice in the Neo-Keynesian Green City
ByJuan De Lara

chapter 22|9 pages

“Wagering Life” in the Petro-City

Embodied Ecologies of Oil Flow, Capitalism, and Justice in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
ByGabriela Valdivia

chapter 23|11 pages

Decolonizing Urban Political Ecologies

The Production of Nature in Settler Colonial Cities
ByMichael Simpson, Jen Bagelman

chapter 24|10 pages

Datafying Disaster

Institutional Framings of Data Production Following Superstorm Sandy
ByRyan Burns

chapter 25|12 pages

Cultivating (a) Sustainability Capital

Urban Agriculture, Ecogentrification, and the Uneven Valorization of Social Reproduction
ByNathan McClintock

chapter 26|13 pages

From “Rust Belt” to “Fresh Coast”

Remaking the City through Food Justice and Urban Agriculture
ByMargaret Pettygrove, Rina Ghose