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Geographies of urban politics: pathways, intersections, interventions

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Abstract


  • This paper deals with urban political geographies and, most particularly, with political economy perspectives on urban politics. It offers an account that narrates what I see as influential pathways and intersections, theoretical debates, and methodological developments that have shaped contemporary urban political geographies in this vein since the 1970s, including: the ‘new urban politics’, intersections with postmodernism, and postcolonialism; urban neoliberalism and the contingency of urban politics; and, most recently, poststructural political economy and the notion of assemblage. This leads me to trace the implications of the shift in understanding from urban political geography to geographies of urban politics, and the growing emphasis on practice, contingency, relationality, and assemblage that accompany this shift. I conclude with reflections on new directions, new productive questions and tensions, and on the knowledge politics of how we do and might do contemporary urban political geographies.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. (2012). Geographies of urban politics: pathways, intersections, interventions. Geographical Research, 50 (3), 256-268.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864503558

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3242&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2241

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Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 256

End Page


  • 268

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This paper deals with urban political geographies and, most particularly, with political economy perspectives on urban politics. It offers an account that narrates what I see as influential pathways and intersections, theoretical debates, and methodological developments that have shaped contemporary urban political geographies in this vein since the 1970s, including: the ‘new urban politics’, intersections with postmodernism, and postcolonialism; urban neoliberalism and the contingency of urban politics; and, most recently, poststructural political economy and the notion of assemblage. This leads me to trace the implications of the shift in understanding from urban political geography to geographies of urban politics, and the growing emphasis on practice, contingency, relationality, and assemblage that accompany this shift. I conclude with reflections on new directions, new productive questions and tensions, and on the knowledge politics of how we do and might do contemporary urban political geographies.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • McGuirk, P. (2012). Geographies of urban politics: pathways, intersections, interventions. Geographical Research, 50 (3), 256-268.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864503558

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3242&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2241

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 256

End Page


  • 268

Volume


  • 50

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia