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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
The political aesthetics of boundaries and crossings

This interdisciplinary volume explores the role of images and representation in different borderscapes. It provides fresh insight into the ways in which borders, borderscapes and migration are imagined and narrated by offering new ways to approach the political aesthetics of the border. The case studies in the volume contribute to the methodological renewal of border studies and present ways of discussing cultural representations of borders and related processes. The case studies address the role of borders in narrative and images in literary texts, political and popular imagery, surveillance data, video art and survivor testimonies in a highly comparative range of geographical contexts ranging from northern Europe, via Mediterranean and Mexican–US borderlands to Chinese borderlands. The disciplinary approaches include critical theory, literary studies, social anthropology, media studies and political geography. The volume argues that borderlands and border-crossings (such as those by migrants) are present in public discourse and more private, everyday experience. This volume addresses their mediation through various stories, photographs, films and other forms. It suggests that narratives and images are part of the borderscapes in which border-crossings and bordering processes take place, contributing to the negotiation of borders in the public sphere. As the case studies show, narratives and images enable identifying various top-down and bottom-up discourses to be heard and make visible different minority groups and constituencies.

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

makes it relevant from the perspective of border aesthetics. In Lundén's view, the open form is particularly apt for representing the ‘contrapuntal’ value system of a nation such as the United States whose national culture is full of ‘centripetal and centrifugal forces’ ( 2000 : 108), that is, paradoxes and contradictions that reveal cultural divisions or what he calls ‘biformities’, tension between actors at different levels such as ethnicities and the nation (see Lundén, 2000 : 108). For Lundén, such perceptiveness to biformities is specific to the genre and makes

in Border images, border narratives
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Jonathan Silver

underpinnings of the city. I began to think about this task of decolonisation. That the city must recognise this living colonialism on display. That the museum must find ways to be led in its decolonisation by black and minority ethnic communities, and ensure that curators are representative of the city’s diverse population. That staff at the museum would need to think about how the practice of curating could be transformed to represent artefacts that were appropriated, and to think more about the ways they are displayed beyond a Eurocentric notion of Western scientific

in Manchester
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Jenna C. Ashton

body, representation and self-worth. They talked often of their mothers. In the gallery space we are building a visible archive. Writing their short responses on a luggage tag and pinning it to standing board, the women who were willing then posed for a Polaroid. The space soon buzzed with humour, anger, frustration, sadness, excitement, coyness and celebration of what hair meant to these different women of all ages, ethnicities and sexualities. This was participatory archival storytelling at its most immediate and unedited. The boards soon became a sea of tags

in Manchester