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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.
Chapter 5: The Elite Habitus in Cities of Accumulation
The Elite Habitus in Cities of Accumulation
The 21st-century city is undergoing a profound transformation, one which is returning cities to a much older historical role, as centres where surpluses are extracted to, stored and circulated. Much urban analysis, however, remains locked into a Euro-American modernist paradigm which originated to comprehend ‘Fordist’ industrial cities. While there is an extensive critique of the dominance of Western urban paradigms, and a growing awareness of the distinctive character of urbanisation in the global south (see notably Robinson 2006, 2011; Simone 2004; 2009), as Jenny Robinson (2013) has argued, our quintessential modernist sensitivity to the urban remains largely intact (see, generally, Savage, Warde & Ward 2003; ...