The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space / Edition 1

The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space / Edition 1

by Don Mitchell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1572308478

ISBN-13: 9781572308473

Pub. Date: 02/24/2003

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, efforts to secure the American city have life-or-death implications. Yet demands for heightened surveillance and security throw into sharp relief timeless questions about the nature of public space, how it is to be used, and under what conditions. Blending historical and geographical analysis, this book examines the vital

Overview

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, efforts to secure the American city have life-or-death implications. Yet demands for heightened surveillance and security throw into sharp relief timeless questions about the nature of public space, how it is to be used, and under what conditions. Blending historical and geographical analysis, this book examines the vital relationship between struggles over public space and movements for social justice in the United States. Presented are a series of linked cases that explore the judicial response to public demonstrations by early twentieth-century workers, and comparable legal issues surrounding anti-abortion protests today; the Free Speech Movement and the history of People's Park in Berkeley; and the plight of homeless people facing new laws against their presence in urban streets. The central focus is how political dissent gains meaning and momentum—and is regulated and policed—in the real, physical spaces of the city. Key Features *Written by a leading critical geographer *Covers civil liberties issues with special relevance after 9/11 *Integrates geography, legal studies, American history, and urban affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572308473
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
631,455
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Fight for Public Space: What Has Changed?
Chapter 1. To Go Again to Hyde Park: Public Space, Rights, and Social Justice
Chapter 2. Making Dissent Safe for Democracy: Violence, Order, and the Legal Geography of Public Space
Chapter 3. From Free Speech to People's Park: Locational Conflict and the Right to
the City
Chapter 4. The End of Public Space?: People's Park, the Public, and the Right to the City
Chapter 5. The Annihilation of Space by Law: Anti-Homeless Laws and the
Shrinking Landscape of Rights
Chapter 6. No Right to the City: Anti-Homeless Campaigns, Public Space Zoning,
and the Problem of Necessity
Conclusion. The Illusion and Necessity of Order: Toward a Just City
Postscript (2014): Now What Has Changed?
References
Index

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