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The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes a The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes analyses intended to be useful for efforts to roll back contemporary profit-based forms of urbanization, and to promote alternative, radically democratic and sustainable forms of urbanism. The contributors provide cutting-edge analyses of contemporary urban restructuring, including the issues of neoliberalization, gentrification, colonization, "creative" cities, architecture and political power, sub-prime mortgage foreclosures and the ongoing struggles of "right to the city" movements. At the same time, the book explores the diverse interpretive frameworks - critical and otherwise - that are currently being used in academic discourse, in political struggles, and in everyday life to decipher contemporary urban transformations and contestations. The slogan, "cities for people, not for profit," sets into stark relief what the contributors view as a central political question involved in efforts, at once theoretical and practical, to address the global urban crises of our time. Drawing upon European and North American scholarship in sociology, politics, geography, urban planning and urban design, the book provides useful insights and perspectives for citizens, activists and intellectuals interested in exploring alternatives to contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization.


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The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes a The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes analyses intended to be useful for efforts to roll back contemporary profit-based forms of urbanization, and to promote alternative, radically democratic and sustainable forms of urbanism. The contributors provide cutting-edge analyses of contemporary urban restructuring, including the issues of neoliberalization, gentrification, colonization, "creative" cities, architecture and political power, sub-prime mortgage foreclosures and the ongoing struggles of "right to the city" movements. At the same time, the book explores the diverse interpretive frameworks - critical and otherwise - that are currently being used in academic discourse, in political struggles, and in everyday life to decipher contemporary urban transformations and contestations. The slogan, "cities for people, not for profit," sets into stark relief what the contributors view as a central political question involved in efforts, at once theoretical and practical, to address the global urban crises of our time. Drawing upon European and North American scholarship in sociology, politics, geography, urban planning and urban design, the book provides useful insights and perspectives for citizens, activists and intellectuals interested in exploring alternatives to contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Türkay

    Kâr için değil, Halk için... "Kent hakkı" nedir? Gezi parkı için yaşanan sürece bir de buradan bakın... Bizde "kentsel dönüşüm" olarak, her lafa başlayanın kendince tarif etmeye çalıştığı, esas olarak kamuya ait olanın, nasıl bölüştürüldüğü ile ilgili olan sürece çok kapsamlı bir bakış... Uzun bir okuma süresinde, tekrar tekrar yapılan okumalarla bitirdiğim çok iyi bir kitap... Esas olarak, konuya ilişkin 13 makaleden oluşan kitabın, çok zengin bir kaynak listesi de bulunuyor. Her bir makale, ayrı a Kâr için değil, Halk için... "Kent hakkı" nedir? Gezi parkı için yaşanan sürece bir de buradan bakın... Bizde "kentsel dönüşüm" olarak, her lafa başlayanın kendince tarif etmeye çalıştığı, esas olarak kamuya ait olanın, nasıl bölüştürüldüğü ile ilgili olan sürece çok kapsamlı bir bakış... Uzun bir okuma süresinde, tekrar tekrar yapılan okumalarla bitirdiğim çok iyi bir kitap... Esas olarak, konuya ilişkin 13 makaleden oluşan kitabın, çok zengin bir kaynak listesi de bulunuyor. Her bir makale, ayrı ayrı değerli iken, kitaptaki buluşma bütünü ayrıca değerli kılmış... Farklı ülkelerde yaşanan "dönüşümlerin " = soylulaştırmanın, düşük / orta gelir grubunu nasıl kentin çeperlerine sürdüğünün öykülerini, analizlerini, farklı çözümleri incelemek isteyenlere...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Celal

    Konut hakkının ve barınmanın metalaştırılması ile çözümleri hakkında harika eleştiriler içeriyor. Bırakmayı çok düşündüm okurken, ancak iyi ki bırakmamışım. Tavsiye ederim.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Hershberger

    *D E N S E* Clearly written for practitioners of urban theory but when they speak English there's some really good stuff to be had here. *D E N S E* Clearly written for practitioners of urban theory but when they speak English there's some really good stuff to be had here.

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