Badlands of the Republic: Space, Politics and Urban Policy / Edition 1

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This is a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive account of French urban policy. Badlands of the Republic offers a fresh approach to space and politics, while providing insights into the politics of immigration and the contemporary transformations of the state in France. The author not only proposes a new way of looking at urban policy, but also challenges overarching generalizations that are based almost exclusively on the British and North American experience. This resource provides analysis on the revolts in the “banlieues” of French cities in 2005 and covers a variety of other topics related to contemporary citizenship and immigration. Its rich empirical material derives from sources that go beyond mere investigation of official documents. It is the only thorough account of French urban policy written in English.

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“This is a knowledgeable, intelligent, and highly readable account of an issue that has featured prominently in French politics and public policy during the last quarter of a century.” (Journal of Planning Education and Research, 8 September 2008)

"It's a fine book. Doubly so, for not only does it meld theoretical deftness with convincing empirical information, it also has the virtue of taking us out of our English speaking milieu...Are you an inquisitive urban geographer? If so, having read Dikeç as your indispensable primer, next time you're in Paris leave the Eiffel Tower behind and go out to La Courneuve. Or in Strasbourg, view the cathedral but then board the Line C tram right next to it which takes you out to Le Neuhof, like La Courneuve one of the original sixteen social development urban neighborhoods. Get a taste of another, and real, urban France. Dikeç has." (Geographical Review, December 2010)

"Dikec¸’s examination of French national policy development toward the suburban banlieues is tight and focused in its objectives and execution." (Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405156318
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: RGS-IBG Book Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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