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Ethnografie urbaner Territorien. Metropolitane Urbanisierungsprozesse von Mexiko-Stadt

Ethnografie urbaner Territorien lädt buchstäblich ein, durch die Straßen von Mexiko-Stadt zu streifen. In ihrer Auseinandersetzung mit urbanen Produktions- und Aneignungsprozessen nimmt Monika Streule eine sozioterritoriale Perspektive auf tief eingeschriebene gesellschaftliche Machtverhältnisse ein. Für den ungewöhnlichen metropolitanen Maßstab ihrer qualitativ-empirischen Studie entwickelt sie theoretische Konzepte sowie transdisziplinär angelegte methodische Verfahren einer kritischen Stadtforschung und zeigt deren Anwendungsmöglichkeiten auf.

Streule, Monika (2018) Ethnografie urbaner Territorien. Metropolitane Urbanisierungsprozesse von Mexiko-Stadt. aus der Reihe Raumproduktionen: Theorie und gesellschaftliche Praxis Band 32. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot. ISBN: 978-3-89691-294-7

Monika Streule ist promovierte Stadtethnologin und lebt in Zürich. Sie forscht und lehrt am Lehrstuhl für Soziologie des Departements Architektur der ETH Zürich. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind die gesellschaftliche Produktion von Raum, Prozesse der Urbanisierung sowie qualitative, kritische und reflexive Methoden der Stadtforschung.

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition

Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and circumstances in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory practices relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopias are in crisis, we argue that productive emancipatory claims already exist in the lived space of everyday life rather than in the expectation of urban revolution and future progress.

Through an exploration of emancipation in recent processes of capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice rather than an abstract professional field organized by institutions, politicians and movements.

Editors: Sabine Knierbein and Tihomir Viderman.

Authors: Serjara Aleman, Evangelia Athanassiou, Charis Christodoulou, Barbara Dellwo, Gabriella Esposito de Vita, Lukas Franta, Angelika Gabauer, Alexander Hamedinger, Jeffrey Hou, Matina Kapsali, Maria Karagianni, Sabine Knierbein, Kanerva Kuokkanen, Christine Mady, Stijn Oosterlynck, Emilia Palonen, Stefania Ragozino, Paula Rosa, Monika Salzbrunn, Gilbert Siame, Amila Širbegović, Rob Shields, Tihomir Viderman, Japhy Wilson, Elisabet Van Wymeersch, Andrea Varriale, Regina Vidosa, Vanessa Watson, Burcu Yigit Turan


Demanding Water. A Sociospatial Approach to Domestic Water Use in Mexico City.

In the essentially water-rich basin of Mexico City, water taps are now installed in most homes. Yet in many of the city’s poorer neighborhoods in particular, water is supplied intermittently and taps often remain dry. How does such a socially constructed water scarcity affect water-related everyday practices in the home? And what is the relation between urban space and domestic practices of water use? In this study, Anke Schwarz employs a sociospatial approach which infuses Pierre Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice with a relational understanding of space. She draws upon in-depth interviews with 53 residents of Mexico City’s Federal District, taking subjective experience as a starting point, and adds a historical angle through the instrument of habitat biographies. With respect to the pressing issue of urban water supply, Schwarz offers a fresh perspective to urban geography by placing an emphasis on a sociospatial approach on the micro scale. She demonstrates how water use can be a demanding everyday task even in cities where virtually all dwellings do have water taps. Rooftop tanks and jugs of bottled water are only the most visible tokens of the differences made by such supply limitations.

Anke Schwarz (2017): Megacities and Global Change, Vol. 22. Stuttgart: Steiner.

Anke Schwarz, studied Urban Planning in Hamburg and Vienna, and holds a PhD in Urban Geography from University of Hamburg. She specializes in the social production of space and territory, the spatialization of social inequalities, urban infrastructures, and everyday practices.

Towards a community-led London Plan: policy directions and proposals

Towards a community-led London Plan: policy directions and proposals,
August 2016 This 74 page intervention is the outcome of more discussion by working teams of JustSpace organisations and another conference, all building on the February document below.

Operating mainly through mutual support among member-groups but also through sharing of information, research and resources, we are now active at neighbourhood, borough and London- wide levels. What brought us together was a need at the city-wide level to challenge the domination of the planning process by developers and public bodies, the latter themselves heavily in uenced by property development interests.

Just Space is an informal alliance of community groups, campaigns and concerned independent organisation and was formed in 2006 to act as a voice for Londoners at grass-roots level during the formulation of London’s major planning strategy.

To us, the planning system pays only lip service to the commitment to community participation: the gap between policy and practice is immense where democratic engagement is concerned.

Governing Cities through Regions. Canadian and European Perspectives

The region is back in town. Galloping urbanization has pushed beyond historical notions of metropolitanism. City-regions have experienced, in Edward Soja’s terms, “an epochal shift in the nature of the city and the urbanization process, marking the beginning of the end of the modern metropolis as we knew it.”

Governing Cities Through Regions broadens and deepens our understanding of metropolitan governance through an innovative comparative project that engages with Anglo-American, French, and German literatures on the subject of regional governance. It expands the comparative angle from issues of economic competiveness and social cohesion to topical and relevant fields such as housing and transportation, and it expands comparative work on municipal governance to the regional scale.

With contributions from established and emerging international scholars of urban and regional governance, the volume covers conceptual topics and case studies that contrast the experience of a range of Canadian metropolitan regions with a strong selection of European regions. It starts from assumptions of limited conversion among regions across the Atlantic but is keenly aware of the
remarkable differences in urban regions’ path dependencies in which the larger processes of globalization and neo-liberalization are situated and materialized.

Governing Cities through Regions Canadian and European Perspectives,
edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel

9781771122771, 295 pages, December 2016

edited by Roger Keil; Julie-Anne Boudreau; Stefan Kipfer & Pierre Hamel

Saving Our Cities, A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America

In Saving Our Cities, William W. Goldsmith shows how cities can be places of opportunity rather than places with problems. With strongly revived cities and suburbs, working as places that serve all their residents, metropolitan areas will thrive, thus making the national economy more productive, the environment better protected, the citizenry better educated, and the society more reflective, sensitive, and humane.
Goldsmith argues that America has been in the habit of abusing its cities and their poorest suburbs, which are always the first to be blamed for society’s ills and the last to be helped. As federal and state budgets, regulations, and programs line up with the interests of giant corporations and privileged citizens, they impose austerity on cities, shortchange public schools, make it hard to get nutritious food, and inflict the drug war on unlucky neighborhoods.

Frustration with inequality is spreading. Parents and teachers call persistently for improvements in public schooling, and education experiments abound. Nutrition indicators have begun to improve, as rising health costs and epidemic obesity have led to widespread attention to food. The futility of the drug war and the high costs of unwarranted, unprecedented prison growth have become clear. Goldsmith documents a positive development: progressive politicians in many cities and some states are proposing far-reaching improvements, supported by advocacy groups that form powerful voting blocs, ensuring that Congress takes notice. When more cities forcefully demand enlightened federal and state action on these four interrelated problems—inequality, schools, food, and the drug war—positive movement will occur in traditional urban planning as well, so as to meet the needs of most residents for improved housing, better transportation, and enhanced public spaces.


Saving Our Cities – A Progressive Plan to Transform Urban America
First Edition 
Publisher Cornell University Press
ISBN-13 978-1-5017-0431-4
Ithaca, United States
Pages 304

Illustrations 12 Illustrations 

11 charts
1 tables, black & white
Dimensions 6 x 9 in.

William W. Goldsmith


Struggling for Recognition and Affordable Housing in Amsterdam and Hamburg. Resignation, resistance, relocation

Searching for justice in cities invokes the recognition paradigm in contemporary critical theory, where Axel Honneth counts as a leading voice. Honneth has not only conceptualized the moral grammar of social conflict but has convincingly explained what we want from life. Linking Honneth’s theory of justice, recognition and freedom with Henri Lefebvre’s Production of Space and the Right to the City, this thesis addresses the fundamental question: who has a right to settle where and why – and as a consequence – when to resign, resist, relocate. For such questions, Amsterdam and Hamburg are explored as terrains of conflict with property-led urbanization and property-led displacement. The argument consists of the following elements: one theoretical stream that grapples with (a) philosophers to recognize the relational role of space and (b) critical urban scholars to recognise the third generation of the Frankfurt School. And second, an empirically grounded stream that equates local gentrification struggles with particular protests in Amsterdam and comprehensive resistance in Hamburg. The analytical framework addresses © social movement studies to embrace the relation-to-self (i.e. self-confidence and self-limitations of movements) and (d) Lefebvrian scholars to re/consider the moral dimension and dual character of property rights. Conceptualizing Anti-Squat property-guardianship as a new phenomenon for housing research (e) the inherent cynicism of this model is re/connected to a moral housing discourse. Connecting critical theory to spatial practice, this book also unsettles the settlement argument. Possibilities of relocation are crucial to the quality of local conflicts: the freedom of movement and freedom of choice being the most delicate things.


Buchholz, Tino (2016)
Publisher: University of Groningen
252 pages with 23 figures/ tables

Print ISBN: 978-90-367-8974-5
Electronic ISBN: 978-90-367-8973-8
Published: July 2016

Tino Buchholz works as researcher, author and filmmaker; holding a Master’s degree in Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund, and PhD from the Faculty of Spatial Planning, University of Groningen.

please order a paperback via the author’s email (20,- EUR)
and find the ebook free for download here:



Savamala is a small, so called neglected neighborhood close to the center of Belgrade. End of 2012 the Bureau Savamala team started the gentrification research and observed ongoing cultural and creative interventions with a series of research tools such as statistical analysis, photo documentation, interviews with inhabitants, politicians, visitors. The book contains also contributions of the Urban Incubator Project interventions by architects, students and artists. Savamala started to get trendy a few years ago and in nighttime turns into an area of vibrant nightlife. In 2014 a major change was announced with a waterfront development of an Abu Dhabi investor with the Serbian government … The book ends with an open letter to the people of Belgrade by INURA.

Editors: Jürgen Krusche/Philipp Klaus (eds)
208 Pages, 185 Images, Softcover: 16,5 x 24 cm
Euro 29.80  sFr 38.80
ISBN 978-3-86859-359-4

Philipp Klaus, Juergen Krusche, Vladimir Dulovic, Ivan Kucina, Maja Popovic Vracar, Boba Stanic, Selman Trtovac, nina Todorovic, Predrag Terzic, Leila Peacock, Axel Humpert, Ljubica Slavkovic, Rastko Novakovic, INURA.


In a world of cities, suburbanization is the most visible and pervasive phenomenon. Global sprawl engulfs us but it does so in remarkably differentiated ways. While the single-family home subdivisions of North America remain the “classical case,” there are now many other forms of suburbanism around the globe. The high rise housing estates around many European and Canadian cities, the belts and wedges of squatter settlements in the global south, the burgeoning megacity peripheries between Istanbul and Shanghai and the technopoles and edge cities in all corners of the world are all part of a pervasive trend towards global suburbanisms. Suburban Constellations provides a first account of this global development. 22 of the most well-known global urban scholars analyze the multiple manifestations of suburbanization and suburbanism. They are joined by artistic and illustrative contributions. Overviews of suburbanization trends in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia complete Suburban Constellations. 

Editor: Roger Keil (ed.)
208 Pages with 130 col. Images
Softcover Dimensions: 16.8 x 24 cm
Euro 28.00  sFr 36.80
ISBN 978-3-86859-231-3
Date of publication: July 2013