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Right to the City : Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, 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 and geographical analysis, this book examines the vital relationship between struggles over public space and movements for social justice in the United States. Presented are a series of linked cases that explore the judicial response to public demonstrations by early twentieth-century worke
eBook, English, 2012
Guilford Publications, New York, 2012
1 online resource (449 pages)
9781462505876, 9781462509348, 1462505872, 1462509347
Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Acknowledgments; Contents; Introduction: The Fight for Public Space: What Has Changed?; Chapter 1: To Go Again to Hyde Park: Public Space, Rights, and Social Justice; Public Space and the Right to the City; Chapter 2: Making Dissent Safe for Democracy: Violence, Order, and the Legal Geography of Public Space; Bubble Laws, Abortion Rights, and the Legal Content of Public Space; Regulating Public Space; Violence, Order, and the Contradictions of Public Space; Disorder, Violence, and the Legal Construction of Public Space before World War I. Making Dissent Safe for DemocracyRegulating Public Forums; Conclusion; Chapter 3: From Free Speech to People's Park: Locational Conflict and the Right to the City; Nonconformists, Anarchists, and Communists: Free Speech in Berkeley; From Free Speech to Counterculture: Urban Renewal and the Battle for People's Park; Chapter 4: The End of Public Space?: People's Park, the Public, and the Right to the City; Struggling over Public Space: The Volleyball Riots; The Dialectic of Public Space; The Importance of Public Space in Democratic Societies. The Position of the Homeless in Public Space and as Part of the PublicPublic Space in the Contemporary City; The End of Public Space?; The Necessity of Material Public Spaces; Conclusion: The End of People's Park as a Public Space?; Coda; Chapter 5: The Annihilation of Space by Law: Anti-Homeless Laws and the Shrinking Landscape of Rights; The Annihilating Economy; The Annihilation of People by Law; The Problem of Regulation; Citizenship in the Spaces of the City: A Brutal Public Sphere; Landscape or Public Space?; Conclusion. Chapter 6: No Right to the City: Anti-Homeless Campaigns, Public Space Zoning, and the Problem of Necessity"Broken Windows"; Santa Ana's Anti-Camping Ordinance and the Problem of Necessity; Anti-Homeless Campaigns and the Content of Contemporary Urban Justice; Public Space Zoning; Conclusion; Conclusion: The Illusion and Necessity of Order: Toward a Just City; Spaces of Justice; References; Index; About the Author; About Guilford Publications; Discover More Guilford Titles