The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre,The City and Urban Society is the first edited book to focus on Lefebvre's urban theories and ideas from a global perspective, making use of recent theoretical and empirical developments, with contributions from eminent as well as emergent global scholars.

The book provides international comparison of Lefebvrian research and theoretical conjecture and aims; to engage with and critique Lefebvre's ideas in the context of contemporary urban, social and environmental upheavals; to use Lefebvre's spatial triad as a research tool as well as a point of departure for the adoption of ideas such as differential space; to reassess Lefebvre's ideas in relation to nature and global environmental sustainability; and to highlight how a Lefebvrian approach might assist in mobilising resistance to the excesses of globalised neoliberal urbanism. The volume draws inspiration from Lefebvre's key texts (The Production of SpaceCritique of Everyday Life; and The Urban Revolution) and includes a comprehensive introduction and concluding chapter by the editors. The conclusions highlight implications in relation to increasing spatial inequalities; increasing diversity of needs including those of migrants; more authoritarian approaches; and asymmetries of access to urban space. Above all, the book illustrates the continuing relevance of Levebvre's ideas for contemporary urban issues and shows – via global case studies – how resistance to spatial domination by powerful interests might be achieved. 

The Handbook helps the reader navigate the complex terrain of spatial research inspired by Lefebvre. In particular the Handbook focuses on: the series of struggles globally for the 'right to the city' and the collision of debates around the urban age, 'cityism' and planetary urbanisation. It will be a guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for academics in the fields of Human Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Applied Philosophy, Planning, Urban Theory and Urban Studies. Practitioners and activists in the field will also find the book of relevance.

part 1|88 pages

Globalised neoliberal urbanism: Hegemony and opposition

chapter 2|10 pages

Lefebvre in Palestine

Anti-colonial de-colonisation and the right to the city

chapter 3|9 pages

The urban revolution(s) in Latin America

Reinventing utopia

chapter 4|10 pages

Contesting spaces of an urban renewal project

A study of Kumartuli’s artist colony

chapter 5|9 pages

Lefebvre and contemporary urbanism

The enduring influence and critical power of his writing on cities

chapter 6|10 pages

Neo-liberalism, extraction and displacement

Abstract space and urbanism in India’s ‘tribal’ belt

chapter 7|11 pages

Constructed otherness

Remaking space in American suburbia

chapter 8|10 pages

Prohibited places

The pericentral self-produced neighbourhoods of Maputo in the neoliberal context

part 2|84 pages

Rethinking the spatial triad and rhythmanalysis

chapter 9|11 pages

Still burning

The politics of language in the South Bronx

chapter 10|10 pages

Spaces of resistance in Luanda

‘How do [small] gains become prisons?’ an analysis from a Lefebvrian perspective

chapter 13|11 pages

Russian dolls

Trialectics in motion and spatial analysis

chapter 14|9 pages

Counter-spaces, no-man’s lands and mainstream public space

Representational spaces in homeless activism in Japan

chapter 16|10 pages

Space in representation

Dislocation of meaning from the Gezi Park protests to the new Turkish Presidential Compound

part 3|88 pages

Representing and contesting urban space

chapter 17|10 pages

Lefebvre and the law

Social justice, the spatial imaginary and new technologies

chapter 18|14 pages

Interpreting the spatial triad

A new analytical model between form and flux, space and time

chapter 19|9 pages

Movement without words

An intersection of Lefebvre and the urban practice of skateboarding

chapter 20|10 pages

Visual productions of urban space

Lefebvre, the city and cinema

chapter 21|10 pages

Dominated and appropriated knowledge workspaces

A tale of two cases

chapter 22|10 pages

Dwelling on design

The influence of Logos and Eros, nouns and verbs, on public housing renewal and cooperative alternatives

chapter 24|10 pages

Contested cultural heritage space in urban renewal

The case of a dense urban city in Hong Kong

part 4|86 pages

Planetary urbanisation and ‘nature’

chapter 25|11 pages

Urban agriculture

Food as production of space

chapter 26|11 pages

Ecologising Lefebvre

Urban mobilities and the production of nature

chapter 27|9 pages

Lefebvre and atmospheric production

An architectronics of air

chapter 28|9 pages

Transforming nature through cyclical appropriation or linear dominance?

Lefebvre’s contributions to thinking about the interaction between human activity and nature

chapter 29|9 pages

Drivers of global urbanisation

Exploring the emerging urban society

part 5|86 pages

Rethinking the right to the city

chapter 33|11 pages

Right to the city or to the planet?

Why Henri Lefebvre’s vision is useful and too narrow at the same time

chapter 34|10 pages

‘In a group you feel OK, but outside there you are ready to die’

The role of a support group in disabled refugees’ struggles for their ‘right to the city’ in Kampala, Uganda

chapter 37|11 pages

The ‘newcomers’ ’ right to the city

Producing common spaces in Athens and Thessaloniki

chapter 38|10 pages

The right to the city

Evaluating the changing role of community participation in urban planning in England

chapter 39|9 pages

Lefebvre and the inequity of obesity

Slim chance of food justice for the urban poor

part 6|96 pages

Right to the city, differential space and urban utopias

chapter 41|10 pages

Exploring the contours of the right to the city

Abstraction, appropriation and utopia

chapter 44|10 pages

Right to the city and urban resistance in Turkey

A comparative perspective

chapter 45|10 pages

Dystopian utopia? Utopian dystopia?

A tale of two struggles for the right to the city

chapter 46|10 pages

‘Something more, something better, something else, is needed’

A renewed ‘fête’ on London’s South Bank

chapter 47|11 pages

The right to the city

Centre or periphery?

chapter |16 pages


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