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

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Guilford Press, Feb 21, 2012 - Science - 270 pages
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 and geographical analysis, this book examines the vital relationship between struggles over public space and movements for social justice in the United States. Don Mitchell explores how political dissent gains meaning and momentum--and is regulated and policed--in the real, physical spaces of the city. A series of linked cases provides in-depth analyses of early twentieth-century labor demonstrations, the Free Speech Movement and the history of People's Park in Berkeley, contemporary anti-abortion protests, and efforts to remove homeless people from urban streets.
 

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Contents

To Go Again to Hyde Park Public Space Rights and Social Justice
13
Public Space and the Right to the City
17
Making Dissent Safe for Democracy Violence Order and the Legal Geography of Public Space
42
Bubble Laws Abortion Rights and the Legal Content of Public Space
43
Regulating Public Space
47
Violence Order and the Contradictions of Public Space
51
Disorder Violence and the Legal Construction of Public Space before World War I
54
Making Dissent Safe for Democracy
58
Coda
152
The Annihilation of Space by Law AntiHomeless Laws and the Shrinking Landscape of Rights
161
The Annihilating Economy
163
The Annihilation of People by Law
167
The Problem of Regulation
173
A Brutal Public Sphere
181
Landscape or Public Space?
184
Conclusion
190

Regulating Public Forums
71
Conclusion
74
From Free Speech to Peoples Park Locational Conflict and the Right to the City
81
Free Speech in Berkeley
83
Urban Renewal and the Battle for Peoples Park
105
The End of Public Space? Peoples Park the Public and the Right to the City
118
The Dialectic of Public Space
128
The Importance of Public Space in Democratic Societies
130
The Position of the Homeless in Public Space and as Part of the Public
134
Public Space in the Contemporary City
137
The End of Public Space?
142
The Necessity of Material Public Spaces
147
The End of Peoples Park as a Public Space?
151
No Right to the City AntiHomeless Campaigns Public Space Zoning and the Problem of Necessity
195
Broken Windows
199
Santa Anas AntiCamping Ordinance and the Problem of Necessity
204
AntiHomeless Campaigns and the Content of Contemporary Urban Justice
209
Public Space Zoning
211
Conclusion
219
The Illusion and Necessity of Order Toward a Just City
227
Spaces of Justice
230
References
239
Index
263
About the Author
270
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Don Mitchell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University. After receiving his PhD in 1992 from Rutgers University, he taught at the University of Colorado before moving to Syracuse. He is the author, most recently, of The People's Property?: Power, Politics, and the Public, with Lynn Staeheli (2008), and They Saved the Crops: Landscape, Labor, and the Struggle for Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California (2012). Dr. Mitchell is a recipient of MacArthur, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships. He was the founder of the People's Geography Project and serves on the advisory board of Syracuse Community Geography.

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