Search results

Exploring the real-time smart city dashboard
Michiel de Lange

basis of their ontological, epistemological and political assumptions. On the one hand, dashboards may open up data to public consumption and use, yet on the other hand they cultivate a top-down, technocratic vision (Ciuccarelli, Lupi and Simeone, 2014: Mattern, 2015). Real-time mapping and dashboards provide a powerful realist epistemology (Kitchin, Lauriault and McArdle, 2015a; Mattern, 2015). An issue is the validity of the data. Mattern notes that the target 242 (In)formalising audience ‘likely has only a limited understanding of how the data are derived’ yet

in Time for mapping
A Deweyan vision of democracy and social research 
Malcolm P. Cutchin

sufficiently? The obvious solution was to be selective and read what I needed to read at the time, and the unfortunate outcome was to miss many important dimensions of his thought – such as his political works and his writings on aesthetics – all of which are highly innovative and, at the same time, intricately woven into the fabric of his broader philosophy. What follows below is the result of some effort to address the gaps in my knowledge and to connect Dewey’s political theory to his theory of social psychology and action. In my view, Dewey’s political theory appears

in The power of pragmatism
Open Access (free)
Situating peripheries research in South Africa and Ethiopia
Paula Meth, Alison Todes, Sarah Charlton, Tatenda Mukwedeya, Jennifer Houghton, Tom Goodfellow, Metadel Sileshi Belihu, Zhengli Huang, Divine Mawuli Asafo, Sibongile Buthelezi, and Fikile Masikane

-construction is a practice we see within peripheral spaces, but we do not necessarily ascribe it as being of such spaces. In other words, we view peripheries as more multi-faceted than an emphasis on auto-construction suggests. Essentially, we are dissatisfied with much of the literature available to us in terms of its explanatory value and relevance, and we aim to contribute to this debate. We conceptualise the peripheries as spaces where complex socio-political, spatial and economic processes work to complicate and inform urban change, including in ways

in African cities and collaborative futures
Stavros Stavrides

Italian political thought of the 1970s, the term multitude tries to describe a new phase in the composition of the working classes. Based on the Marxian legacy according to which working conditions and relations of production actually shape the collective subjects which challenge capitalism, the multitude appears to be the specific form of collective subject which corresponds to the contemporary phase of this socio-economic system. There seems to be a crucial interpretative problem at the center of the multitude argument that directly affects the understanding and

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
A Toilet Revolution and its socio-eco-technical entanglements
Deljana Iossifova

-networked systems (e.g. Tilley et al., 2008 ), through the lens of urban political ecology (e.g. Heynen, Kaika and Swyngedouw, 2006 ; Kaika, 2005 ), science and technology studies (e.g. Van Vliet, Spaargaren and Oosterveer, 2010 ), actor-network theory (ANT; e.g. Teh, 2011 ; Dombroski, 2015) or what has recently been termed ‘the infrastructural turn in urban studies’ (Coutard and Rutherford, 2015 ). The sociotechnical approach, confined to humans and technology, studies the development and use of technology as determined by and shaping social processes and practices over

in Urban transformations and public health in the emergent city
Abstract only
Steve Hanson

the global economy grew. The high abstractions of complex financial instruments that evaporated under the noses of their owners across the 2007–8 period – the great crash – emerge from the logic of this third exchange: stock market capitalism. Manchester was a key driver of these processes. Described as the first ‘shock city’, Engels noted – outside the Cotton Exchange – how the muck and the brass in Manchester are directly related, but politically riven apart. At that point, Engels could see the link between the abstract numbers and the labour those numbers were

in Manchester
Abstract only
Natalie Bradbury

Manchester: Something rich and strange Sculpture – Natalie Bradbury In the summer of 2018, a swarm of giant bees appeared across Manchester. Sponsored by organisations and businesses and decorated by artists, schools and community groups, the Bee in the City sculptures took the city symbol of Manchester – newly prominent in the public consciousness in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bomb attack – and combined it with visual imagery from Manchester’s sporting, political and cultural heritage (see ‘Bee’, p. 285). For months, social media feeds were full of

in Manchester
Stavros Stavrides

Introduction and acknowledgements 1 Introduction and acknowledgements This book explores contemporary urban experiences connected to practices of sharing and collaboration. Becoming 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 emerges today in, against, and beyond existing societies of inequality. In such a world, people experience the potentialities of emancipation activated by concrete forms of

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
Ethnic minorities and localities in China’s border encounters with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam
Victor Konrad and Zhiding Hu

's territorial vision has moved beyond the historical metaphor of the ‘wall’ to define edges and limits, yet articulate borderlands creation that combines cross-border engagement with territorial integrity (Sidaway and Woon, 2017 ). In these new borderlands, extensive infrastructure enhancement, economic development, cultural viability and political positioning all play roles in rescaling and rearticulation of border space, and shaping coexistent spaces of exception and integration (Hu and Konrad, 2018 ). New spaces of exception and integration allow and enable substantially

in Border images, border narratives
Open Access (free)
The restructuring of work and production in the international political economy
Louise Amoore

5 The ‘contested’ firm: the restructuring of work and production in the international political economy no involuntary changes have ever spontaneously restructured or reorganised a mode of production; … changes in productive relationships are experienced in social and cultural life, refracted in men’s ideas and their values, and argued through in their actions, their choices and their beliefs. (Thompson, 1976/1994: 222) T he desire to comprehend, order and manage the dual dynamics of globalisation and restructuring has led to much attention being paid to the

in Globalisation contested