The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for urban politics. The scope of this handbook’s coverage and contributions engages with and reflects upon the most important, innovative and recent critical developments to the interdisciplinary field of urban politics, drawing upon a range of examples from within and across the Global North and Global South.

This handbook is organized into nine interrelated sections, with an introductory chapter setting out the rationale, aims and structure of the Handbook, and short introductory commentaries at the beginning of each part. It questions the eliding of ‘urban politics’ into the ‘politics of the city’, reconsidering the usefulness of the distinction between ‘old’ and ‘new’ urban politics, considering issues of ‘class’, ‘gender’, ‘race’ and the ways in which they intersect, appear and reappear in matters of urban politics, how best to theorize the roles of capital, the state and other actors, such as social movements, in the production of the city and, finally, issues of doing urban political research. The various chapters explore the issues of urban politics of economic development, environment and nature in the city, governance and planning, the politics of labour as well as living spaces. The concluding sections of the Handbook examine the politics over alternative visions of cities of the future and provide concluding discussions and reflections, particularly on the futures for urban politics in an increasingly ‘global’ and multidisciplinary context.

With over forty-five contributions from leading international scholars in the field, this handbook provides critical reviews and appraisals of current conceptual and theoretical approaches and future developments in urban politics. It is a key reference to all researchers and policy-makers with an interest in urban politics.

chapter 1|10 pages

Spaces of urban politics

An introduction
ByAndrew E.G. Jonas, Byron Miller, Kevin Ward, David Wilson

part I|48 pages

Approaching the space(s) of urban politics

chapter 2|12 pages

Here, there and everywhere

Rethinking the urban of urban politics
ByAllan Cochrane

chapter 3|9 pages

Place-based or place-positioned?

Framing and making the spaces of urban politics
ByDeborah G. Martin

chapter 4|12 pages

Ambivalence of the urban commons

ByTheresa Enright, Ugo Rossi

chapter 5|12 pages

The smart state as utopian space for urban politics

ByYonn Dierwechter

part II|48 pages

Spaces of economic development

chapter 6|8 pages

Pro-growth urban politics and the inner workings of public-private partnerships

ByChristopher Mele, Matthew H. McLeskey

chapter 7|15 pages

The urban politics of strategic coupling in global production networks

ByRachel Bok, Neil M. Coe

chapter 8|11 pages

The sky is not the limit

Negotiating height and density in Toronto’s condominium boom
ByUte Lehrer, Peter Pantalone

chapter 9|11 pages

Digital technologies and reconfiguration of urban space

ByBarney Warf

part III|74 pages

Spaces of the environment and nature

chapter 10|12 pages

Climate science and the city

Consensus, calculation and security in Seattle, Washington
ByJennifer L. Rice

chapter 11|12 pages

Democratizing the production of urban environments

Working in, against and beyond the state, from Durban to Berlin
ByJames Angel, Alex Loftus

chapter 12|12 pages

Politics of urban gardening

ByMarit Rosol

chapter 13|11 pages

Just green spaces of urban politics

A pragmatist approach
ByRyan Holifield

chapter 14|10 pages

From sustainability to resilience

The hidden costs of recent socio-environmental change in cities of the Global North
ByDavid Saurí

chapter 15|14 pages

Transforming Rainey Street

The decoupling of equity from environment in Austin’s smart growth agenda
ByEliot Tretter, Elizabeth J. Mueller

part IV|48 pages

Spaces of governing and planning

chapter 16|13 pages

Cities on a grand scale

Instant urbanism at the start of the twenty-first century
ByMartin J. Murray

chapter 17|9 pages

Urbanization, planning and the possibility of being post-growth

ByJason Hackworth

chapter 18|11 pages

Troubled buildings, distressed markets

The urban governance of the US foreclosure crisis
ByPhilip Ashton

chapter 19|12 pages

Housing the banlieue in global times

French public housing and spaces between neoliberalization and hybridization
ByDavid Giband

part V|76 pages

Spaces of labour

chapter 20|13 pages

Roll-against neoliberalism and labour organizing in the post-2008 crisis

ByLuis L.M. Aguiar, Yanick Noiseux

chapter 21|14 pages

Urbanization as a bordering process

Non-citizen labour and precarious construction work in the Greater Toronto Area
ByMichelle Buckley, Emily Reid-Musson

chapter 22|12 pages

Organizing the ruins

The thin institutional geography of labour in the US Midwest
ByMarc Doussard

chapter 23|11 pages

Mobilities and moralities of domestic work in Indonesian cities

ByDavid Jordhus-Lier, Debbie Prabawati

chapter 24|11 pages

Street work as a key site of urban politics

ByIlda Lindell

chapter 25|12 pages

Urban informality and the new politics of precarity

Day labourer activism in the USA
ByNik Theodore

part VI|84 pages

Spaces of living

chapter 26|13 pages

The political spaces of urban poverty management

ByJoshua Evans, Geoff DeVerteuil

chapter 27|16 pages

Urban community gardens as new spaces of living

ByRina Ghose, Margaret Pettygrove

chapter 28|14 pages

Envisioning liveability and do-it-together urban development

ByHelen Jarvis

chapter 29|11 pages

Infrastructural citizenship

Spaces of living in Cape Town, South Africa
ByCharlotte Lemanski

chapter 30|14 pages

The politics of urban agriculture

Sustainability, governance and contestation
ByNathan McClintock, Christiana Miewald, Eugene McCann

chapter 31|14 pages

Retroactive utopia

Class and the urbanization of self-management in Poland
ByKacper Pobłocki

part VII|76 pages

Spaces of circulation

chapter 32|11 pages

Circulating risks

Coastal cities and the spectre of climate change risk
ByKevin Fox Gotham, Clare Cannon

chapter 33|12 pages

The logics and politics of circulation

Exploring the urban and non-urban spaces of Amazon.com
ByMarkus Hesse

chapter 34|10 pages

Circulating experiments

Urban living labs and the politics of sustainability
ByJames Evans, Harriet Bulkeley, Yuliya Voytenko, Kes McCormick, Steven Curtis

chapter 35|13 pages

Assembling and re-assembling Asian carp

The Chicago Area Waterways System as a space of urban politics
ByJulie Cidell

chapter 36|12 pages

Google buses and uber cars

The politics of tech mobility and the future of urban liveability
ByJason Henderson

chapter 37|14 pages

Making Multi-Racial Counter-Publics

Towards egalitarian spaces in urban politics
ByHelga Leitner, Samuel Nowak

part VIII|74 pages

Spaces of identity

chapter 38|11 pages

A City of Migrants

Migration and urban identity politics
ByVirginie Mamadouh

chapter 39|13 pages

Class, territory and politics in the american city

ByKevin R. Cox

chapter 40|12 pages

Urban middle-class shifting sensibilities in neoliberal Buenos Aires

ByCarolina Sternberg

chapter 41|14 pages

Compassionate capitalism

Tax breaks, tech companies and the transformation of San Francisco
ByLauren Alfrey, France Winddance Twine

chapter 42|10 pages

Gendering urban protest

Politics, bodies and space
ByFran Tonkiss

chapter 43|11 pages

Queering urban politics and ecologies

ByWill McKeithen, Larry Knopp, Michael Brown

part IX|62 pages

Spaces of utopia and dystopia

chapter 44|13 pages

Dystopian dynamics at work

The creative validation of urban space
ByUlf Strohmayer

chapter 45|10 pages

Deconstructing modern utopias

Sustainable urbanism, participation and profit in the ‘European City’
BySamuel Mössner, Rob Krueger

chapter 46|12 pages

Dystopian spaces and Roma imaginaries

The case of young Roma in Slovenia and Romania
ByStuart C. Aitken, Jasmine Arpagian

chapter 47|12 pages

Mobile futures

Urban revitalization and the aesthetics of transportation
ByTheresa Enright

chapter 48|12 pages

Reimagining the urban as a dystopic resilient space

Scalar materialities in climate knowledge, planning and politics
ByAndrew Kythreotis