- Subject index
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.
Chapter 24: City of Migrants
City of Migrants
If, because of economic need, post-colonial guilt, or cosmopolitan interest, there was a moment of openness in recent European history towards the non-European migrant, this moment has passed. Europe, confronted by prolonged economic crisis, the resurgence of ethnic nationalism, a sense of the future as hazardous and insecure, growing animosity towards globalisation and immigration, is turning its back on the migrant. Economic and political migrants are no longer wanted and are cast as a threat to economic and social well-being, heritage and culture, and even national security. This is the stance of not only conservatives averse to the stranger because of a traditionally ethnocentric understanding of nation and belonging, but also progressives wringing ...