Urban and Urbanization

Considers the spatial form and social processes of cities and urbanization with particular attention to the geographies and politics of building theories of the urban.

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With an eye toward contemporary techno-utopian schemes and city-building initiatives, I argue that the basis of technological approaches to urban rule today—a conception of cities as complex socio-economic systems amenable to market-driven optimization—was forged by postwar administrators and technicians in response to the vicissitudes of uneven development.

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John W Elrick

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Taking the case of Calaveras County, California, Michael Polson's article shows how medical cannabis activists reimagined the urban and rural in capacious ways, thus catalyzing a local transformation that mirrored national trends around drugs, penality and Rightist politics.

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Street lighting and the uneasy coexistence of socialist and capitalist urban imaginaries

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