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Food Not Bombs, Homes Not Jails, and resistance to gentrification
Author: Sean Parson

On Labor Day in 1988 two hundred hungry and homeless people went to Golden Gate Park in search of a hot meal, while fifty-four activists from Food Not Bombs, surrounded by riot police, lined up to serve them food. The riot police counted twenty-five served meals, the legal number allowed by city law before breaking permit restrictions, and then began to arrest people. The arrests proceeded like an assembly line: an activist would scoop a bowl of food and hand it to a hungry person. A police officer would then handcuff and arrest that activist. Immediately, the next activist in line would take up the ladle and be promptly arrested. By the end of the day fifty-four people had been arrested for “providing food without a permit.” These arrests were not an aberration but part of a multi-year campaign by the city of San Francisco against radical homeless activists. Why would a liberal city arrest activists helping the homeless? In exploring this question, the book uses the conflict between the city and activists as a unique opportunity to examine the contested nature of urban politics, homelessness, and public space, while developing an anarchist alternative to liberal urban politics, which is rooted in mutual aid, solidarity, and anti-capitalism.

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Everyday life practices after the event
Author: Mona Abaza

In Cairo collages, the large-scale political, economic, and social changes in Egypt brought on by the 2011 revolution are set against the declining fortunes of a single apartment building in a specific Cairo neighbourhood. The violence in Tahrir Square and Mohamed Mahmud Street; the post-January euphoric moment; the increasing militarisation of urban life; the flourishing of dystopian novels set in Cairo; the neo-liberal imaginaries of Dubai and Singapore as global models; gentrification and evictions in poor neighbourhoods; the forthcoming new administrative capital for Egypt – all are narrated in parallel to the ‘little’ story of the adventures and misfortunes of everyday interactions in a middle-class building in the neighbourhood of Doqi.

Making race, class and inequalityin the neoliberal academy
Author: Christy Kulz

Over half of England's secondary schools are now academies. The social and cultural outcomes prompted by this neoliberal educational model has received less scrutiny. This book draws on original research based at Dreamfields Academy, to show how the accelerated marketization and centralization of education is reproducing raced, classed and gendered inequalities. Urbanderry is a socially and economically mixed borough where poverty and gentrification coexist. The book sketches out the key features of Dreamfields' ethos before reflecting on the historical trajectories that underpin how education, urban space and formations of race, class and gender are discussed in the present. Academies have faced opposition for their lack of democratic accountability as they can set their own labour conditions, deviate from the national curriculum and operate outside local authority control. The book examines the complex stories underlying Dreamfields' glossy veneer of success and shows how students, teachers and parents navigate the everyday demands of Dreamfields' results-driven conveyor belt. It also examines how hierarchies are being reformulated. The book interrogates the social and cultural dimensions of this gift that seeks to graft more 'suitable' forms of capital onto its students. The focus is on the conditions underlying this gift's exchange with children, parents and teachers, remaining conscious of how value is generated from the power, perspective and relationships that create the initial conditions of possibility for exchange. Dreamfields acts as a symbolic and material response to the supposed failures of comprehensive education and public anxieties over the loss of nationhood and prestige of empire.

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Graffiti, writing and coming-of-age in The Fortress of Solitude
James Peacock

Godbey says: ‘ Fortress is part of a body of works that I call the fiction of gentrification, a literary genre that has emerged from and in response to the redevelopment of United States cities since the 1960s’ (Godbey, 2008 : 132). 1 Whether Godbey is right to label it a ‘genre’ is open to debate, but the important point is that the novel’s central relationship between Dylan Ebdus and his mixed

in Jonathan Lethem
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Brian Rosa

-led development and commercial gentrification. 177 47  Searching for the grave of Elizabeth Hannah and Thomas Britland in Dukinfield Cemetery

in Manchester
Sarah Glynn

, beginning in the 1980s, the expansion of financial services and related businesses in the former dockland area of Canary Wharf and spilling out from the City of London has created pockets of great wealth. Parts of the old centres of immigration and working-class areas more generally are rapidly succumbing to the dual pressures of office expansion and gentrification. However, despite an influx of people on very high salaries, Tower Hamlets – the borough formed in 1965 through the amalgamation of the old boroughs of Stepney, Bethnal Green and Poplar – is still noted for

in Class, ethnicity and religion in the Bengali East End
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Resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond
Paul Gordon Kramer

12 The queer common: resisting the public at Gezi Park and beyond Paul Gordon Kramer This struggle is not something you can do on your own. There is a huge world out there just waiting to humiliate you, kill you – you need to be together to face all these threats. (Sedef Çakmak, Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (Republican People’s Party), interview with author, Istanbul, 28 February 2014) Millions of people across Turkey protested against police violence, state totalitarianism, urban gentrification and a host of other concerns during the Gezi Park protests in late May

in The politics of identity
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Ben Jones

WORKING CLASS PRINT.indd 199 03/05/2012 10:31 200 The working class in mid-twentieth-century England gentrification during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s: new homes for the town’s burgeoning professional and managerial middle classes. What happened in the new council estates from the 1930s is the most salient point for this book, however. The institution of slum clearance during the 1930s and the statutory obligation, from 1936, on councils to prioritise housing need over the ability to pay had a profound effect on the new suburban communities. From the 1930s, therefore

in The working class in mid-twentieth-century England
The trouble with gentrification
Lisa Mullen

reclaimed and converted, one by a young professor and the other by a senior Civil Servant … leaving only one house still held firmly in working-class hands, the object of complicated plots hatched by the other owners on summer evenings. 54 In short – although the term had not yet been coined – the Langdons are gentrifiers. The word gentrification was first used by Ruth Glass in her 1964 introduction to a report by the Centre for Urban Studies entitled London: Aspects of Change , and Laski’s description of

in Mid-century gothic
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The uncanny objects of modernity in British literature and culture after World War II
Author: Lisa Mullen

Mid-Century Gothic defines a distinct post-war literary and cultural moment in Britain, lasting ten years from 1945 to 1955. This was a decade haunted by the trauma of fascism and war, but equally uneasy about the new norms of peacetime and the resurgence of commodity culture. As old assumptions about the primacy of the human subject became increasingly uneasy, culture responded with gothic narratives which reflected two troubling qualities of the newly assertive objects of modernity: their uncannily autonomous agency, and their disquieting intimacy with the reified human body.

This book offers original readings of novels, plays, essays and cinema of the period, unearthing neglected texts as well as reassessing canonical works. The post-war decade has often been defined either as the bathetic terminus of high modernism, or as the stiflingly hidebound context from which later countercultural and avant-garde movements erupted. Yet historically, this was an important and resonant cultural turning point, as still-fresh war trauma intersected with new paradigms of modernity. By looking beneath the surface of its literature and culture, it is possible to resurrect a sense of this decade as a moment of urgent cultural crisis, rife with repressed tensions which could only be expressed in a gothic mode.

By bringing these into dialogue with mid-century architecture, exhibitions, technology, and material culture, Mid-Century Gothic provides a new perspective on a notoriously neglected historical moment, and paints a picture of a decade roiling with intellectual and aesthetic upheaval.