Offers a much needed update on urban politics in a globalized world… Davidson and Martin, as well as contributors, chart new territory and produce thought-provoking research that move the field in a more critical direction
Chapter 13: Urban Politics as Parallax
Urban Politics as Parallax
We have set out in this book to reconsider urban politics, as a topic of urban geographical scholarship. Central to our approach is the multidimensionality of such politics. In our introduction we argued, following Žižek, that a critical eye on urban politics would not only acknowledge but also seek a parallax view: a viewpoint on the topic that is beside, beyond, and outside the first, primary, obvious, and perhaps default and customary perspective(s). Such parallax imagery is useful because it reminds us that to see another viewpoint, we sometimes have to completely suspend the viewpoint we already have. Yet even the parallax is limiting, since it implies a double-sided image. The chapters in this volume ...