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Is Class Relevant to Urban Politics?

Is class relevant to urban politics?
Mark Davidson

Introduction

This chapter considers the salience of social class for the study of urban politics. It does so in a paradoxical context. On the one hand, today we find an absence of class politics; old ideological battles about class are seen as archaic (Clark and Lipset, 1991; Giddens, 1999). Yet, on the other hand, we find the word ‘class' saturating urban political discourse, including Richard Florida's (2004) (in) famous creative class. Perhaps the simple conclusion to be drawn from this paradox is that we are actually talking about different things. The former referencing class in a Marxian antagonistic relationship and the latter viewing class as something much more banal and, even, something to ...

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