This book explores the urban, political, and economic effects of contemporary capitalism as well being concerned with a collective analytic that addresses these processes through the lens of disassembling and reassembling dynamics. The processes of contemporary globalization have resulted in the commodification of various dimensions that were previously the domain of state action. This book evaluates the varying international responses from communities as they cope and confront the negative impacts of neoliberalism. In-depth case studies from scholars working in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia showcase how various cities are responding to the effects of neoliberalism. Chapters investigate and demonstrate how the neoliberal processes of dissembling are being countered by positive and engaged efforts of reassembly. From Colombia to Siberia, Chicago to Nigeria, contributions engage with key economic and urban questions surrounding the militarization of state, democracy, the rise of the global capital and the education of young people in slums.

This book will have a broad appeal to academic researchers and urban planning professionals. It is recommended core reading for students in Urban Planning, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, and Urban Studies.

part I|22 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Disassembling cities

Spatial, social, and conceptual trajectories across the urban globe
ByArenas Iván, Elizabeth L. Sweet

part II|48 pages

Transformation of self and space

chapter 3|7 pages

The organizing logics of predatory formations

Individualism, identity, and the consumption of goods as the good life
ByIván Arenas, Elizabeth L. Sweet

chapter 4|19 pages

Trajectories, vectors and change

Mapping late neoliberal assemblage
ByIan McGimpsey, Deborah Youdell

chapter 5|11 pages

Rise of the synthetic city

Eko Atlantic and practices of dispossession and repossession in Nigeria
ByCharisma Acey

chapter 6|9 pages

Reassembling the city through intersectional feminism

Subversive responses to the economic crisis in Barcelona
ByBlanca Valdivia, Sara Ortiz Escalante

part III|67 pages

Militarization and the spectacle of the (in)security state

chapter 7|10 pages

The organizing logics of predatory formations

Militarization and the spectacle of the (in)security state
ByIván Arenas, Elizabeth L. Sweet

chapter 8|20 pages

Disassembling foundational fictions of democracy

The people and the plaza, militarization and mobilization in Oaxaca
ByIván Arenas

chapter 9|10 pages

Dis/assembling Palestine

ByAndy Clarno

chapter 10|25 pages

Urban assemblages and dis-assemblages

Medellin’s hegemonic and counter-hegemonic forums
ByJohn J. Betancur, Catalina Ortiz Arciniegas

part IV|64 pages

Disassembling democracy and urban planning

chapter 11|8 pages

The organizing logics of predatory formations

Disassembling democracy and urban planning
ByIván Arenas, Elizabeth L. Sweet

chapter 12|7 pages

Some thoughts and findings from the field

Women and the illicit politics of slum redevelopment in globalizing Mumbai
ByTarini Bedi

chapter 13|15 pages

Disassembledge in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude

How ethnic Buryats reconstruct through time and space
ByElizabeth L. Sweet, Melissa Chakars

chapter 14|17 pages

How to take flight from menacing futures?

Young people and education in the slums of the global south
BySilvia Grinberg, Mercedes Machado

chapter 15|15 pages

Chronic and concentrated youth joblessness in disassembled neighborhoods in Chicago

ByTeresa L. Córdova, Matthew D. Wilson