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Afterword: Spatialized Social Inequalities and Urban Collective Action

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What could we learn from the chapters in this book for further developing an analytical framework for understanding the relationship between neoliberal urbanism and various forms of urban collective action? We have moved from the 2005 Paris uprising, involving major, violent confrontations between police and urban youth, who did not couple their actions with the articulation of any shared political demands, to a well-organized and articulated urban social-movement coalition in Poland, with both illegal but non-violent occupation and conventional political pressure in its action repertoire. While these two cases involve very different forms of collective action, we have argued that analytically they share an important similarity: They address, and resist, the effects of globalized neoliberal urbanism. While the various cases presented in this book show that this global process manifests in the form of particular national and local articulations, they also make clear that it always has the profound effect of deepening spatialized social inequalities.


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Mayer, M., Thörn, C., Thörn, H. (2016). Afterword: Spatialized Social Inequalities and Urban Collective Action. In: Mayer, M., Thörn, C., Thörn, H. (eds) Urban Uprisings. Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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