This textbook of essays by leading critical urbanists is a compelling introduction to an important field of study; it interrogates contemporary conflicts and contradictions inherent in the social experience of living in cities that are undergoing neoliberal restructuring, and grapples with profound questions and challenging policy considerations about diversity, equity, and justice. A stimulant to debate in any undergraduate urban studies classroom, this book will inspire a new generation of urban social scholars.

Walling the City

Walling the City

Walling the City
Gordon MacLeod

At some point walls were used as protection against threats from the outside, whether from beasts or hostile human marauders. No one can object, on moral or social grounds, to walls built for such purposes … But, since these early days, walls have come to play a more ambiguous and increasingly divisive role. They have become boundary walls … com[ing] to reflect, and to reinforce, hierarchies of wealth and power; divisions among people, races, ethnic groups, and religions; and hostilities, tensions, and fears. (Marcuse, 1997: 103–4)

Introduction: Urban Walls and Enclosures

Urban scholars have long been concerned to examine how inequalities of wealth and differences in class, ethnicity and culture are expressed in the social geography of cities (see Chapter ...

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