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Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city examines how urban health and wellbeing are shaped by migration, mobility, racism, sanitation and gender. Adopting a global focus, spanning Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the essays in this volume bring together a wide selection of voices that explore the interface between social, medical and natural sciences. This interdisciplinary approach, moving beyond traditional approaches to urban research, offers a unique perspective on today’s cities and the challenges they face. Edited by Professor Michael Keith and Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos, this volume also features contributions from leading thinkers on cities in Brazil, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom. This geographic diversity is matched by the breadth of their different fields, from mental health and gendered violence to sanitation and food systems. Together, they present a complex yet connected vision of a ‘new biopolitics’ in today’s metropolis, one that requires an innovative approach to urban scholarship regardless of geography or discipline. This volume, featuring chapters from a number of renowned authors including the former deputy mayor of Rio de Janeiro Luiz Eduardo Soares, is an important resource for anyone seeking to better understand the dynamics of urban change. With its focus on the everyday realities of urban living, from health services to public transport, it contains valuable lessons for academics, policy makers and practitioners alike.

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Part of a growing discussion on the cultural meaning and the politics of urban commons, it uses examples from Europe and Latin America to support the view that a world of mutual support and urban solidarity is emerging today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of space commoning. By focusing on concrete collective experiences of urban space appropriation and participatory design experiments this book traces differing, but potentially compatible, trajectories through which common space (or space-as-commons) becomes an important factor in social change. In the everydayness of self-organized neighborhoods, in the struggles for justice in occupied public spaces, in the emergence of “territories in resistance,” and in dissident artistic practices of collaborative creation, collective inventiveness produces fragments of an emancipated society.

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Private greed, political negligence and housing policy after Grenfell

As the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017 has slowly revealed a shadowy background of outsourcing and deregulation, and a council turning a blind eye to health and safety concerns, many questions need answers. Stuart Hodkinson has those answers. Safe as Houses weaves together Stuart’s research over the last decade with residents’ groups in council regeneration projects across London to provide the first comprehensive account of how Grenfell happened and how it could easily have happened in multiple locations across the country. It draws on examples of unsafe housing either refurbished or built by private companies under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) to show both the terrible human consequences of outsourcing and deregulation and how the PFI has enabled developers, banks and investors to profiteer from highly lucrative, taxpayer-funded contracts. The book also provides shocking testimonies of how councils and other public bodies have continuously sided with their private partners, doing everything in their power to ignore, deflect and even silence those who speak out. The book concludes that the only way to end the era of unsafe regeneration and housing provision is to end the disastrous regime of self-regulation. This means strengthening safety laws, creating new enforcement agencies independent of government and industry, and replacing PFI and similar models of outsourcing with a new model of public housing that treats the provision of shelter as ‘a social service’ democratically accountable to its residents.

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Cassie Britland

children – Asian and white – had an argument over a game of cricket. When the fight spilled out onto a white woman’s doorstep, she called her brother, who was drinking at a pub. Minutes later, two carloads of white men arrived and started attacking Asian people and properties at random. Unsurprisingly, some Asian men retaliated to this treatment, and within hours Glodwick’s streets were filled with violence: windows were smashed, pubs were firebombed, and more than a hundred people injured. Fast-forward eighteen months. Today, at my home in Sydney, I’ve sat at my laptop

in Manchester
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Qaisra Shahraz

in shared rooms, and called racist names by skinheads. I remember, as a child, Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech. It frightened the immigrant adults and children like myself. We were made to feel so unwelcome, which is a horrible experience to go through. Since then, Manchester has become a hub of well-settled communities from around the world: Europe, Asia, Africa. People have migrated to the city for various reasons: fleeing war, poverty or oppression. As communities have settled over a period of time, areas of Manchester have become associated

in Manchester
Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

Cai features a growing number of gambling facilities and clubs now outlawed in adjacent China. Also evident are services catering to cross-border traffic of local and long-distance nature, including auto repair, brokerage, accommodation and restaurants. 6.1 Emerging borderlands of China and South East Asia. Lao Cai and Hekou

in Border images, border narratives
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Geographies of the post-boom era
Denis Linehan and Caroline Crowley

‘Irishness’, eviscerates the images and iconography of the Celtic Tiger, a period of economic growth in Ireland that ran from 1995 to 2007. McCarthy’s work reflects the growing dissonance around the national narrative, as well as the groundswell of political dissatisfaction that characterises the contemporary scene in Ireland. Tellingly, while occasionally framing Ireland as South America or Asia, his work suggests that new perspectives, if not new maps, are required to evaluate Irish society; the turbulent qualities of the present call for new ways of seeing. Following

in Spacing Ireland
Images of the ‘Jungle’ in Breach by Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes
Jopi Nyman

writers to depict such encounters is highly significant. Whilst Smith ( 2018 : 62–3) shows that such texts address diverse cultural negotiations taking place in the borderlands where cultures are enmeshed and generate hybridities, Davis's ( 2001 ) work on Asian American and Asian Canadian writing locates in ethnic literatures a process of transculturation that links dominant culture with emergent and migrant cultural processes, showing ‘how a traditional literary form converted into a transnational literary phenomenon can cross geographic, cultural, ethnic, and even

in Border images, border narratives
A Toilet Revolution and its socio-eco-technical entanglements
Deljana Iossifova

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in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city