Sophie Body-Gendrot
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Urban disorder and the transformation of global governance
in Western capitalism in transition
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Global processes take concrete and localised forms in large cities around the world. In order to measure how much cities' crises have changed, the author reflects on the causes that generated them in the 1960s and on the shape that they then took, taking the US and France as illustrations. He takes public space as a kind of laboratory for current claims, protests and cultural insubordination. Forms of resistance in public space are currently boosted by the use of social media. Yet public space remains determinant in the disorder process; it is a political resource. The author argues that horizontal protest movements are not enough to change the neoliberal system which has met little opposition in the last fifty years. A transformation of institutions is needed as well. Cities offer an alternative path for progressive change to take place.

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Western capitalism in transition

Global processes, local challenges


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