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Guardians of the Bourgeois City: Citizenship, Public Space, and Middle-Class Activism in Mumbai

By Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria: [Abstract] This article examines the new phenomenon of “citizens’ groups” in contemporary Mumbai, India, whose activities are directed at making the city’s public spaces more orderly. Recent scholarship on Mumbai’s efforts to become a “global” city has pointed to the removal of poor populations as an instance of neoliberal governmentality as […]

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Dead Man Working

An analysis of the dead man working and the way in which capital is now colonizing life itself – By Carl Cederström & Peter Fleming: [excerpt] Even its most ardent supporters admit that capitalism died sometime in the 1970s. All attempts to resuscitate it failed. Yet strangely, now that it’s dead, it’s become the only […]

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As contradições da frente neo desenvolvimentista

Por Armando Boito Jr.: [excerpt] “A frente neodesenvolvimentista é a frente política integrada por classes e frações de classe muito heterogêneas que sustentou os governos Lula da Silva e que, agora, sustenta o governo Dilma. Essa frente representa prioritariamente os interesses de um setor importante da burguesia brasileira que é a grande burguesia interna. Essa […]

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The Urban Roots of Financial Crises:

Reclaiming the City for Anti-Capitalist Struggle By David Harvey: [ABSTRACT] Property market booms and busts are inextricably intertwined with speculative financial flows and these booms and busts have serious consequences for the macro-economy in general as well as all manner of externality effects upon resource depletion and environmental degradation. Property booms and capitalist crises also […]

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Misère de l’économie du développement

Par Cédric Durand et Charlotte Nordmann: L’extension de la rationalité néolibérale à l’échelle mondiale a engendré une augmentation dramatique de la pauvreté, des inégalités et de la dépendance au capitalisme mondialisé. À ces processus, les organisations internationales n’ont pas su résister, quand elles ne les ont pas accompagnés ou aggravés. Une redéfinition radicale de l’économie […]

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PRESSURE: The PoliTechnics of Water Supply in Mumbai

By Nikhil Anand: “Now there is a [state] policy regulation for water that we are bound by. Those structures prior to January 1995 are eligible for basic amenities. We are allowed . . . supposed to give water to them. Those [who have unauthorized structures built] after that date also get water. They make arrangements […]

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Theses on the New European Fascism

An anticipatory paper of Paolo Virno: [excerpts] 1. At the turn of the century, European fascism is the twin brother, which is to say the terrifying “double,” of the most radical instances of freedom and community that arise in the crisis of the labor-based society. It is the malignant caricature of what men and women […]

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This is Actually Happening

By Escalate (collective of writers and activists from around the University of London) – January 2011 – Introduction: The delusional cries in the media that our protests are hijacked by trouble-makers are indicative of how complete our alienation is. The unspoken belief is that all disorder and disobedience must originate outside of normal society, as […]

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Tensions of Citizenship

By Be Young and Shut up: In the much debated discourse over the consequences of economic globalization and the pervasive constructs of neoliberal governmentality that is seemingly creeping into every imaginable space of the world today, it appears that the contested frameworks of citizenship and the democratic principles it assumes have once again come into […]

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Focopolítica y Gubernamentalidad Neoliberal, las políticas sociales

Por Sonia Alvarez Leguizamón: El nuevo arte de gobernar, de la gubernamentalidad neoliberal, está constituido por una nueva tecnologia de gobierno que conforma una “nueva economía”, basada en el ahorro de energía del Estado caracterizada por el marcaje de poblaciones de riesgo. Tiene como preocupación la gestiõn, control y producción de saberes especializados sobre esas […]

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¿Profesionales de la educación, o sólo empleados?

Por Manuel Pérez Rocha: [La Jornada] Muchas de las reformas y acciones que se están poniendo en marcha en el sector educativo, principalmente en la SEP, pero no sólo ahí, alejan cada vez más la posibilidad de que el magisterio se constituya en comunidades colegiadas de profesionales de la educación, condición sin la cual la […]

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Spoiled!

How relentless enforcement and $1,000 tickets are ruining Chinatown’s largest fruit & vegetable market – By Street Vendor Project: New York City is in the midst of a health crisis. Fifty-eight percent of New Yorkers are overweight or obese, and more than half-a-million city residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. In recent years, social scientists […]

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Rosario: la experiencia política de la ciudad-empresa

By Emiliano Sacchi: * We try to understand the “form of government” of the city, but shifting the accent from a classical perspective (legal and political) toward a perspective focused on political practices and their own specifics rationalities, understanding urban governance as political technology [subjectification process establishing our political experience of the city boundaries]. * […]

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Urban Struggle for the Right to the City

By RTC: * The right to the city [following Lefebvre] is used here primarily to describe the development of the ‘capitalist city’, its negative effects for its inhabitants and the potential utopias that could be made possible, in contrast to other approaches such as the ‘creative city’ developed by urban theorists like Richard Florida.   * […]

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Education Reform – the Fix is In

The Realignment Project: In any other area of public policy where we see rich hedge-funders providing government agencies with private funds with strings attached, demanding control over choice of administrators and direction of public policy (such as was the case with various foundations and the D.C schools), and financing the opponents of elected officials who […]

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