Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis

Putting Wacquant to Work

  • John Flint
  • Ryan Powell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. John Flint, Ryan Powell
    Pages 1-21
  3. Class: Gender, Families and Surveillance

  4. Ethnicity: Invisibilization, Informality and (Dis)identifications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Ryan Powell, David Robinson
      Pages 187-212
  5. State: Governing Marginality—Home, Street, Neighbourhood, City

  6. Response

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 325-345

About this book


Loïc Wacquant is one of the most influential sociological theorists of the contemporary era with his research and writings resonating widely across the social sciences. This edited collection critically responds to Wacquant’s distinct approach to understanding the contemporary urban condition in advanced capitalist societies. It comprises chapters focused on Europe and North America from leading international scholars and new emergent voices, which chart new empirical, theoretical and methodological territory. Pivoting on the relationship between class, ethnicity and the state in the (re-)making of urban marginality, the volume takes stock of Wacquant’s body of work and assesses its value as a springboard for rethinking urban inequality in polarizing times. 

Heeding Wacquant’s call for constant theoretical critique and development in understanding dynamic urban relations and processes, the contributions challenge, develop and refine Wacquant’s framework, while also synthesizing it with other perspectives and bringing it into dialogue with new areas of inquiry. How can Wacquant’s work aid the empirical understanding of today’s complex urban inequalities?  And how can empirical investigation and theoretical synthesis aid the development of Wacquant’s framework? The diverse contributors to the collection ask these, and other, searching questions – and Wacquant responds to this critique in the final chapter. 

This book will be of interest to scholars engaged in understanding the drivers, contexts, and potential responses to contemporary urban marginality.

John Flint is Professor of Town and Regional Planning and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK. He was previously Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, UK.

Ryan Powell is Reader in Urban Studies in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield, UK, with research interests in the broad areas of urban marginality, urban governance and the stigmatisation of “outsider” groups.  His academic background and orientation is multidisciplinary and cuts across urban studies, sociology, geography, politics and criminology.  


Loïc Wacquant urban studies urban austerity contemporary city polarized metropolis urban inequality political sociology theoretical pluralism class fragmentation ethnic division disciplinary social policy hyper-ghettos marginality racialization of poverty national housing systems

Editors and affiliations

  • John Flint
    • 1
  • Ryan Powell
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban Studies and PlanningUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  2. 2.Department of Urban Studies and PlanningUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-16221-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-16222-1
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