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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.

Limits to South Africa's ‘Right to the City': Prospects for and beyond Urban Commoning
Limits to South Africa's Right to the City: Prospects for and beyond Urban Commoning
Patrick Bond

As political processes in South Africa become increasingly fluid, with the ruling party's hold over municipal management increasingly tenuous, ideological questions are again becoming vital to pose. For example, is demanding the ‘Right to the City’ the ideal narrative for oppressed and otherwise excluded people as they relate to the urban process, given the liberal terrain on which rights are adjudicated? Or is a discursive strategy based on a collectivizing ‘Commons’ orientation preferable? Would an accompanying organizing strategy ideally have more of a national, not local focus (albeit one acutely conscious ...

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