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Chiara Certomà
Martin Sondermann
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Susan Noori

have been able to detect the highly revolutionary impact of gardening (in) the city for both transforming the urban environment and the constitution of society. This involves recognising the relevance of a myriad of supposedly non-​ significant acts –​which support particular forms of life (Wittgenstein, 1953) while eradicating others –​on the growth of the social and political imaginary. Planting tomatoes  –​under specific conditions and in specific contexts  –​has thus been broadly appreciated as a political gesture, and seeding wildflowers has acquired the status

in Urban gardening and the struggle for social and spatial justice
From company wife to global citizen
Sarah Kunz

reframing’ of its expatriate staff was partly a response to, but did not fundamentally change, the expatriate's patriarchal constitution. The number of women in expatriate positions remained low (see below). As Marsden notes (in Prasad et al. 1997 :108), ‘flexibility for the employer tends to mean the creation of a relatively secure and well-compensated core group of workers and a much larger and much worse off peripheral group’ which often disproportionately includes women. It is also questionable to what extent the measures improved spouses’ experiences overall. One

in Expatriate
Academic divisions of (skilled) labour
Sarah Kunz

the relationship between IHRM literature and migration studies, which for the most part takes the form of mutual disregard. Despite the fields’ many differences, the chapter argues, both are traditionally marked by a colonial aphasia that not only underwrites shared silences on coloniality and racism but also their very academic division of labour. That means that colonial aphasia is at work in the very constitution of the two fields as separate fields . Beyond the ‘traditional expatriate’: the new international work in IHRM

in Expatriate

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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Infrastructure, financial extraction and the global South

No struggle for social justice that lacks a grounded understanding of how wealth is accumulated within society, and by whom, is ever likely to make more than a marginal dent in the status quo. Much work has been done over the years by academics and activists to illuminate the broad processes of wealth extraction. But a constantly watchful eye is essential if new forms of financial extraction are to be blocked, short-circuited, deflected or unsettled. So when the World Bank and other well-known enablers of wealth extraction start to organise to promote greater private-sector involvement in ‘infrastructure’, for example through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), alarm bells should start to ring. How are roads, bridges, hospitals, ports and railways being eyed up by finance? What bevels and polishes the lens through which they are viewed? How is infrastructure being transformed into an ‘asset class’ that will yield the returns now demanded by investors? Why now? What does the reconfiguration of infrastructure tell us about the vulnerabilities of capital? The challenge is not only to understand the mechanisms through which infrastructure is being reconfigured to extract wealth: equally important is to think through how activists might best respond. What oppositional strategies genuinely unsettle elite power instead of making it stronger?

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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.

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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.

A genealogical enquiry
Małgorzata Jakimów

In a largely chronological manner, this chapter presents a history of the mutual co-constitution of the citizenship regime and discourse. It argues that the current formulation of citizenship in China is founded not only on the formal legislative aspect of the hukou system, but also on the underlying citizenship discourse, which stems from the processes of modernisation, urbanisation and nationalism, underlined by the new economic divisions created by market reforms. The chapter traces genealogies of citizenship in China in order to reveal how it has been constructed through the mechanism of the spatio-temporal ‘othering’ of the rural/migrant worker population. It then presents the attempts by central and local governments to reform the hukou system, arguing that despite much debate about reform of the system since 2003, and particularly since 2014, not enough has been done to truly transform the citizenship status of migrant workers in China. It also discusses the state-prescribed citizenship practices, which are enforced both through the law and through public campaigns and school education, and reflects on what type of citizen they promote. The final section of the chapter sets out how these various historical and contemporary discourses have been entangled in local China, in the form of the municipal authorities’ policies and narratives towards migrant workers in Shenzhen, Beijing and Hangzhou, the main fieldwork sites.

in China’s citizenship challenge
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Tim Edensor

stones remain as part of the variegated mosaic of St Ann’s Church. Yet others among Manchester’s signature buildings have their own particular constitution: the solidity of the Town Hall is provided by 500,000 feet of Spinkwell sandstone from Bradford; the ornate design of John Rylands Library is wrought out of distinctive red Permian sandstone from Penrith, Cumbria; and, like many prestigious buildings in the UK and abroad, the Central Library is clad in resplendent Portland limestone. These stones bestow on Manchester a particular colour palette, now visible after

in Manchester
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Sarah Kunz

examined as a key terrain on which the coloniality of power is reproduced, reworked and translated. The book hopes to offer innovative methodological and analytical strategies to study and thus challenge these processes by following the expatriate to three sites of its articulation. In each site, ethnographic and archival research are combined to explore the past and present constitution, contestation and lived experience of the expatriate. The three research sites, while disparate, share their reliance on the expatriate as a central organising

in Expatriate