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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.

The European ‘Refugee Crisis’ in ‘Our’ Cities: Vulnerability, Truth, and Ethics of the Surface
The European Refugee Crisis in Our Cities: Vulnerability, Truth, and Ethics of the Surface
Christine Hentschel

Urban conflict can be seen as the struggle over how we share vulnerability and how we create, or refuse to create, modes of being in common in the 21st-century city. What connects us makes us vulnerable – not only when our transport networks or water systems become the targets for terror attacks (Coward 2015, Graham 2010, Collier and Lakoff 2015), but also in a more mundane sense of living together on troublesome, sometimes uncomfortable, urban grounds. It is in these ‘surfaces of contact’ that we negotiate what is ‘between us in ...

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