Seeking Spatial Justice

Seeking Spatial Justice
Publisher U of Minnesota Press
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Category Social Science
Total Pages 280
ISBN 1452915288
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
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In 1996, the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, a grassroots advocacy organization, won a historic legal victory against the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. The resulting consent decree forced the MTA for a period of ten years to essentially reorient the mass transit system to better serve the city’s poorest residents. A stunning reversal of conventional governance and planning in urban America, which almost always favors wealthier residents, this decision is also, for renowned urban theorist Edward W. Soja, a concrete example of spatial justice in action. In Seeking Spatial Justice, Soja argues that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources, services, and access is a basic human right. Building on current concerns in critical geography and the new spatial consciousness, Soja interweaves theory and practice, offering new ways of understanding and changing the unjust geographies in which we live. After tracing the evolution of spatial justice and the closely related notion of the right to the city in the influential work of Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, and others, he demonstrates how these ideas are now being applied through a series of case studies in Los Angeles, the city at the forefront of this movement. Soja focuses on such innovative labor–community coalitions as Justice for Janitors, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and the Right to the City Alliance; on struggles for rent control and environmental justice; and on the role that faculty and students in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning have played in both developing the theory of spatial justice and putting it into practice. Effectively locating spatial justice as a theoretical concept, a mode of empirical analysis, and a strategy for social and political action, this book makes a significant contribution to the contemporary debates about justice, space, and the city.

Seeking Spatial Justice
  • Author : Edward W. Soja
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release Date : 2013-11-30

In 1996, the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, a grassroots advocacy organization, won a historic legal victory against the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. The resulting consent decree forced the MTA for a period of ten years to essentially reorient the mass transit system to better serve the city’s poorest

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The Just City
  • Author : Susan S. Fainstein
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-05-16

For much of the twentieth century improvement in the situation of disadvantaged communities was a focus for urban planning and policy. Yet over the past three decades the ideological triumph of neoliberalism has caused the allocation of spatial, political, economic, and financial resources to favor economic growth at the expense

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Food Chains
  • Author : Warren Belasco,Roger Horowitz
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2011-06-03

In recent years, the integrity of food production and distribution has become an issue of wide social concern. The media frequently report on cases of food contamination as well as on the risks of hormones and cloning. Journalists, documentary filmmakers, and activists have had their say, but until now a

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My Los Angeles
  • Author : Edward W. Soja
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2014-03-14

At once informative and entertaining, inspiring and challenging, My Los Angeles provides a deep understanding of urban development and change over the past forty years in Los Angeles and other city regions of the world. Once the least dense American metropolis, Los Angeles is now the country’s densest urbanized

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Justice and the American Metropolis
  • Author : Clarissa Rile Hayward,Todd Swanstrom
  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Release Date : 2011

Returning social justice to the center of urban policy debates

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Postmetropolis
  • Author : Edward W. Soja
  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date : 2000-05-18

This completes Ed Soja's trilogy on urban studies, which began with Postmodern Geographies and continued with Thirdspace. It is the first comprehensive text in the growing field of critical urban studies to deal with the dramatically restructured megacities that have emerged world-wide over the last half of the twentieth-century.

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Social Justice and the City
  • Author : David Harvey
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 2010-04-15

Throughout his distinguished and influential career, David Harvey has defined and redefined the relationship between politics, capitalism, and the social aspects of geographical theory. Laying out Harvey's position that geography could not remain objective in the face of urban poverty and associated ills, Social Justice and the City is perhaps

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The Right to the City
  • Author : Don Mitchell
  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-22

Includes a 2014 Postscript addressing Occupy Wall Street and other developments. 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

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Postmodern Geographies
  • Author : Edward W. Soja,Soja
  • Publisher : Verso
  • Release Date : 1989

Written by one of America's foremost geographers, Postmodern Geographies contests the tendency, still dominant in most social science, to reduce human geography to a reflective mirror, or, as Marx called it, an "unnecessary complication." Beginning with a powerful critique of historicism and its constraining effects on the geographical imagination, Edward

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Critical Race Spatial Analysis
  • Author : Deb Morrison,Subini Ancy Annamma,Darrell D. Jackson
  • Publisher : Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Release Date : 2017-05-31

How does space illuminate educational inequity? Where and how can spatial analysis be used to disrupt educational inequity? Which tools are most appropriate for the spatial analysis of educational equity? This book addresses these questions and explores the use of critical spatial analysis to uncover the dimensions of entrenched and

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How to Kill a City
  • Author : P. E. Moskowitz
  • Publisher : Nation Books
  • Release Date : 2018-09-04

A journey to the front lines of the battle for the future of American cities, uncovering the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification--and the lives that are altered in the process. The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe the changes in urban neighborhoods across the country, but we don't

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Thirdspace
  • Author : Edward W. Soja
  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date : 1996-11-06

Contemporary critical studies have recently experienced a significant spatial turn. In what may eventually be seen as one of the most important intellectual and political developments in the late twentieth century, scholars have begun to interpret space and the embracing spatiality of human life with the same critical insight and

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Cities for People  Not for Profit
  • Author : Neil Brenner,Peter Marcuse,Margit Mayer
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012-06-25

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

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The Little Book of Racial Healing
  • Author : Thomas Norman DeWolf,Jodie Geddes
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-01-01

This book introduces Coming to the Table’s approach to a continuously evolving set of purposeful theories, ideas, experiments, guidelines, and intentions, all dedicated to facilitating racial healing and transformation. People of color, relative to white people, fall on the negative side of virtually all measurable social indicators. The “living

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The Wiley Handbook of Diversity in Special Education
  • Author : Marie Tejero Hughes,Elizabeth Talbott
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2017-02-21

The Wiley Handbook of Diversity in Special Education is a state-of-the-art reference showcasing cutting-edge special education research with a focus on children and youth with disabilities from diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and economic backgrounds. Cutting-edge special education research focusing on children and youth with disabilities from diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic,

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