Citizenship, Activism and the City
The Invisible and the Impossible
By Patricia Burke Wood
Were the occupations of 2010–11 – from Spain to Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street – a success or failure? Are they the model for urban radical politics? This book challenges common understandings and underlying assumptions of what constitutes activism and resistance. It proposes a critical urban theory of politics and citizenship that is grounded in the city as it is inhabited. For those who are marginalized, the city is a double-edged sword of oppression and emancipation.
This book argues for an intersectional approach that actively dismantles hierarchies and embraces a wider range of acts of resistance and creative transformation, one in which we recognize these acts of citizenship as a form of constitutionalism. Wood reframes the theorization of protest and of the city, ‘post-political’ literature and the history of protest, and Marxist and anarchist ideas about the time and space of politics. Through this, she adopts a unique approach to provide new theoretical insights and challenges to post-political thinking.
This book will be valuable reading for those interested in political, urban and social geography, in addition to political economy and progressive politics in the urban context.
Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change
Edited by Ian Thomas MacDonald
Cornell University Press
$ 134.95 CAD Cloth, 272 pages ISBN 9781501706547
$ 44.95 CAD Paper, 272 pages ISBN 9781501706820
Written by a US-Canadian team of labour researchers and labour geographers, Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change investigates how and why labour unions are becoming more involved in urban struggles, regulation and planning in New York City and Toronto. The contributors assess the effectiveness of this involvement in terms of labour goals—such as protecting employment levels, retaining bargaining relationships with employers, and organizing new workforces—as well as broader social consequences of union strategies, such as expanding access to public services, improving employment equity, and making neighbourhoods more affordable. Focusing on four key economic sectors (film, hospitality, green energy, and child care), this book reveals that unions can exert a surprising level of influence in various aspects of urban policymaking and that they can have a significant impact on the nature of urban change.
If we are right to believe that the future of the labour movement is an urban one, union activists and staffers, elected officials and members of the public alike will require a fuller understanding of what impels unions to become involved in urban planning issues, what dilemmas structure the choices unions make, and what impact unions have on the lives of urban residents beyond their members. This book contributes to that understanding in the hope that it may serve as a roadmap towards both a stronger labour movement and a socially just urbanism.
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We are holding a book launch in Toronto on June 1st during the meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA) and the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS). A panel of labour leaders and activists will be responding to the work in the presence of the Toronto-based authors. This is a free event.
Simon Black, Brock University; Maria Figueroa, Cornell University; Lois S. Gray, Cornell University; Ian Thomas MacDonald, Université de Montréal; James Nugent, University of Toronto; Susanna F. Schaller, City College Center for Worker Education; Steven Tufts, York University; K. C. Wagner, Cornell University; Mildred Warner, Cornell University; Thorben Wieditz, York University