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A capability approach to voluntarism, inclusion and quality of life in rural Norway
Kjersti Tandberg
Jill Merethe Loga

on the connection between voluntary work and quality of life and further introduce some of the characteristics of participation in Norwegian volunteering by ethnic marginalised groups and some contextual characteristics of the voluntary sector in Norway. The capability approach of Amartya Sen will function as an overarching theoretical framework. This theoretical approach

in Rural quality of life
Securing or denying minorities’ right to the city?
Parama Roy

issues of social cohesion. The IUR is mandated with uplifting the most socio-​economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Danish cities. This chapter explores a gardening effort case study from Copenhagen in order to examine what state-​initiated efforts mean for minority groups’ (the homeless and ethnic minorities’) rights to the city (Purcell, 2002; 2013a; 2013b), particularly within a traditionally welfare-​driven but increasingly neoliberalised urban context.This work draws primarily on qualitative empirical research conducted between 2012 and 2015, when the

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
Insight from Scotland
Kathryn Colley
Margaret Currie
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Katherine N. Irvine

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in Rural quality of life
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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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Peter Kalu

Social class, the left-behind, migration and the history of underclass occupations as exemplified by the demographics, including ethnicity, of car wash attendants. Mobilities, the cocooning effect of the car cockpit and the discombobulation of temporarily evacuated drivers bringing their car for valeting at car wash enterprises. Employment structures and practices of car washes and the economics of the geographical distribution of car wash enterprises within urban landscapes. Semaphore, sign and cross-languaging in bottom-rung car wash businesses. Aspiration, rags-to-riches myths and film fantasies connecting British car wash work with the American Dream. The interrelated economic histories of car wash employment and taxi driving.

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

narrative, which in turn is translated into local and regional borderlands imaginaries and narratives. These regional and local imaginaries and narratives may align with the national, or, more commonly, they may adjust imaginaries and narratives to express ethnic identity and local prerogative. The evolved imaginaries and narratives are used by actors connected to the Chinese state as well as provincial and local authorities, ethnic minorities and other constituencies to negotiate border-crossing and enable bordering (Lagerqvist, 2013 ). This chapter

in Border images, border narratives
Academic divisions of (skilled) labour
Sarah Kunz

that the now burgeoning scholarship on expatriates highlights privileged migrants’ invisibility in much mainstream migration research and theory. The chapter revisits well-known disciplinary self-critiques – focused on scholarship's methodological nationalism, its sedentary and marginality biases and ethnic lens of analysis – to discuss how migration studies helps reproduce popular imaginations of migrants as the global racialised poor and thus actively participates in the postcolonial governance through migration. Finally, the chapter examines

in Expatriate
Andrea J. Nightingale

, recognising that social exclusions – including those shaped by gender, race, caste, ethnicity, and age – can be exacerbated by climate change effects. But these efforts fail to account for how existing social exclusions are not just exacerbated by climate change; they are also constitutive of who, how, and what is done to respond to climate change (Kaika, 2017 ). In this chapter I

in Turning up the heat