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Louise Amoore

theses are explored. The analysis focuses on five common aspects that reveal a central dominant representation of social change: the identification of exogenous transformative forces, disciplinary imperatives, historical convergence, social prescription and the death of conflict. I argue that it is these assumptions about social change that underpin and perpetuate the contemporary discourse of imperative labour flexibility. Flexibility itself has an amorphous quality that allows it to be applied ‘flexibly’ to describe the many facets of the contemporary restructuring

in Globalisation contested
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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 conceptual framework for considering mapping projects as they change over time
Cate Turk

as foams 209 and changing circumstances, the temporal emergence of a crisis is echoed in the ways mappings emerge during crisis response. Maps are an essential medium for organising and sharing information in emergency contexts – think of the big wall maps common in emergency coordination centres. Crisis maps are online collaborations where volunteers create maps to help understand and respond to natural disasters and ­ political ­conflicts.  For example, following the huge storm Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda)  which hit the Philippines in November 2013

in Time for mapping
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Who profits and how
Stuart Hodkinson

advisor oligopoly not only strengthens the power of these companies to command very high fees but also creates a remarkable conflict of interest: at the same time as advising the public and private sectors in these PFI schemes, the same powerful accountancy firms are also receiving large sums of money to simultaneously audit the accounts of the SPVs, the main sub-contractors and the local authorities. As table 6.7 shows, for the 20 housing PFI contracts, we see that just seven accountancy firms – Grant Thornton, Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, BDO, EY and PFK – have been auditing

in Safe as houses
Going beyond a communicative approach 
Ihnji Jon

( Bernstein, 2010 ; Fraser, 1998 ; Macke, 1995 ; Shalin, 1992 ), I underline pragmatism’s prioritisation of experiential knowledge over linguistic representation, in an attempt to show how a new reading of pragmatism can better reflect the social plurality recognised by proponents of agonistic and radical planning theories. As such, this chapter provides a pragmatic critique of communicative/consensus planning, while also facilitating greater recognition of the importance of pluralism and agonistic social conflicts in planning. Introducing this approach is important

in The power of pragmatism
Pragmatism and politics in place 
Alice E. Huff

Introduction The negotiation of difference is a central concern of democratic politics. In wrestling with empirical and normative questions of difference, scholars have drawn on agonistic democratic theory to illuminate problematic ways of managing pluralism and advocate for adversarial conflict as a check against neoliberal governance strategies ( Derickson and MacKinnon, 2015 ; Featherstone, 2008 ; Purcell, 2008 ; Swyngedouw, 2009 ). Without discounting these important interventions, I argue that Deweyan pragmatism’s emphasis on contextualism

in The power of pragmatism
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Building a healthy spatial contract
Alex Schafran, Matthew Noah Smith and Stephen Hall

supported on the basis of green jobs contend with the loss of employment in high-carbon sectors? Is a Green New Deal that creates more jobs better than a Green New Deal that is green[er] but with fewer jobs? Is this conflict in danger of overshadowing the core purpose of the reliance systems it disrupts? Is a heating transition that creates more installation and maintenance jobs better than a heating transition that is within the capacity of most homeowners to maintain? A second question is ‘strengthening of the system’. While current heating practices may

in The spatial contract
Communities and collaboration along the Irish border
Caroline Creamer and Brendan O’Keeffe

the Civil Rights Movement, the subsequent deployment of British troops, emerging paramilitarism, and direct rule from Westminster, would collectively lead to thirty years of violence, generally referred to as the Troubles. During this period of conflict, the emerald curtain became increasingly impenetrable as communities along the border became disconnected, marginalised and peripheral from both Dublin and Belfast. By 2011, almost fifteen years after the adoption of the 1998 Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement that addressed relationships between both sides of the

in Spacing Ireland
Jenny Pickerill

rather than the how of collective action (Melucci 1989). Furthermore, NSMs are differentiated from old social movements because they appear no longer to be centred around the conflict over capitalism, between workers and employers, or conflict around existing political structures. Rather NSM theory tries to relate social movements to large-scale structural and cultural changes of the so-called ‘information age’ (Castells 1996). NSMs are concerned with adjusting the logic of the system. They want more than simply a reallocation of resources, more than mere political

in Cyberprotest
A pragmatist notion of critique as mediation 
Klaus Geiselhart

understanding and respectful interaction. Mediation is not only about intervening between conflicting parties but also explicates the implications of each party’s position to opposing parties and the wider public and can improve the formation of public opinion. Mediation is not aimed at achieving consensus but rather attempts to open up a way forward by improving the chance that viable proposals are developed. For social science to participate in this process requires an understanding of critique as mediation. In the discussion that follows, I summarise current academic

in The power of pragmatism