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Transformative cities

The three urban commons

Ida Susser and Stéphane Tonnelat

Drawing on Lefebvre and others, this article considers contemporary urban social movements with a selective review of urban research and suggestions for future ethnographic, cultural, and sociological questions. Under a generalized post-Fordist regime of capital accumulation, cultural workers and laborers, service workers, and community activists have all participated in urban movements. We consider such collective action, generated in the crucible of urban life, as a reflection of three urban commons: labor, consumption, and public services; public space (including mass communications and the virtual); and art, including all forms of creative expression. We suggest that the three urban commons outlined here are not necessarily perceived everywhere, but as they momentarily come together in cities around the world, they give us a glimpse of a city built on the social needs of a population. That is the point when cities become transformative.

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Tom Hall and Robin Smith

This article considers welfare and the city and the ways in which pedestrian practices combine in the management and production of urban need and vulnerability as manifest in the experience and supervision of urban homelessness. The article combines writings on urban maintenance and repair with recent anthropological work on wayfaring (in which cities seldom figure). Fieldwork undertaken with rough sleepers, welfare workers and city managers in the city of Cardiff , Wales, provides the empirical basis. The main body of the article is organized around three walks through the centre of Cardiff with individuals variously implicated in care, repair and welfare in the city. In closing we assert the importance of a politics of street welfare in city space.

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More than Darkness Preservation

The Importance of the Dark, Star-Filled Skies in Urban Areas

Yee-Man Lam

explore how the dark, star-filled skies in urban areas, what this article will call “star-lit cities,” are not only a proposition about the preservation of darkness, but may also be a propeller for essential changes in combating current environmental

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Trading places

Post-socialist container markets and the city

Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja

This article discusses a vast, new and semi-legal marketplace of shipping containers on the outskirts of Odessa, Ukraine. It is suggested that such markets, which have sprung up at several places in post-socialist space where routes intersect, have certain features in common with mediaeval trade fairs. However, today's markets have their own specificities in relation to state and legal regimes, migration, and the cities to which they are semi-attached. The article analyzes the Seventh Kilometer Market (Sed'moi) near Odessa as a particular socio-mythical space. It affords it own kind of protection and opportunities to traders, but these structures may be unstable in a changing economic climate.

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Sanctuary City Organizing in Canada

From Hospitality to Solidarity

David Moffette and Jennifer Ridgley

Sanctuary cities resurfaced in political debates and in the media in 2017 as US President Donald Trump increasingly advanced an anti-immigration agenda and vowed to cut funding to American cities that have adopted such policies ( Robbins 2017

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Sheikhs and the City

Urban Paths of Contention in Sidon, Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

Beirut to the Sidon-based preacher. The growth of the Assir movement hence led to a temporary shift in the locus of contentious politics from the capital to secondary cities such as Sidon, and a conceptual shift from elite politics to that of grassroots

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Blood and the City

Animal Representations and Urban (Dis)orders during the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’ in Istanbul and Khartoum

Alice Franck, Jean Gardin, and Olivier Givre

generalisations, the crossreferencing of observations that come to light in various cities such as Paris, Istanbul, Khartoum, Dakar and others reveals contrasting and revealing insights about the numerous ways deployed to cope with animal ritual death within the

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Michael Blake

The concept of the sanctuary city is a not a new one; it is, however, newly important to a great many political debates ( Yadoo 2019 ). Resistance to the migration policies of the Trump administration in the United States has returned the concept

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Gargi Gangopadhyay

The “long nineteenth century,” or Victorian period, saw the birth of modern 1 Bengal and the growth of the metropolis of Calcutta, the capital of the British Empire in India. 2 As India’s first colonial city, Calcutta was the epicenter of

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City Sterilization and Poverty Management

Examining a Mobility Hub in the “Redevelopment and Enhancement” of Downtown Tallahassee

Christopher M. McLeod, Matthew I. Horner, Matthew G. Hawzen, and Mark DiDonato

Tallahassee, Florida, is a city being redeveloped. A prototypical, contemporary American city, Tallahassee is being reorganized around experiential, service- and event-based production and consumption. Vibrant food districts, entertaining