Search results

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
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
Considerations and consequences
Thomas Sutherland

the ideological precepts by which they are informed and conditioned. Especially in an age of geographic information systems – wherein lies an increasingly stark disparity between the visual appearance of the map itself on one hand, and the numerical data that it claims to represent on the other – the parameters within which such representations are given, and the socio-political consequences of such ‘givenness’ must be analysed with intense scrutiny. Digital mapping gives us a world through the binding of quantitative information to a set of representational

in Time for mapping
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
Trevor Barnes

could be transformational. By carrying out original cartographic re-description, Bunge aimed in his work to break through the existing crust of cartographic convention, to create something brand new, to change the world for the better, to revolutionise it. To illustrate this argument, I work through three different phases of Bunge’s pragmatist cartographic re-description: his early work within spatial science on formal map transformations; his later work in black inner-city Detroit to produce community-based maps to effect political change; and his last substantive

in The power of pragmatism
Stavros Stavrides

Commoning architectures 27 2 Commoning architectures Contested common worlds and the role of architecture The role of public space in molding city politics has been extensively theorized and studied. The shaping of citizenship and the establishment of citizen rights have been connected to struggles over and in public space, as well as to discourses that problematize public space as a constituent element of public life. It would be accurate to say that public space has formed the terrain for crises of citizenship more often than it has provided the stable

in Common spaces of urban emancipation
Mark Pelling, Alejandro Barcena, Hayley Leck, Ibidun Adelekan, David Dodman, Hamadou Issaka, Cassidy Johnson, Mtafu Manda, Blessing Mberu, Ezebunwa Nwokocha, Emmanuel Osuteye, and Soumana Boubacar

dominant actors that can trigger a transition?’ and whether transition windows (e.g. political and institutional change) can be utilised to enhance equity and future risk reduction. In this chapter, we show how opportunities for transition arise through several channels, notably when organised civil society collaborates with the city government and other actors (Pelling et al., 2018 ). Citizen-led approaches for risk-related data collection have been shown to be critical for advancing early warning of hazard (Fraser et al., 2017 ; Pelling et al

in African cities and collaborative futures