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The Urban Politics of Mega-Events

Grand Promises Meet Local Resistance

John Lauermann

, often receiving no more than one or two bids from potential host cities. The lack of willing host cities reflects a shift in the urban politics of mega-events, as critics and boosters debate whether cities should pursue such projects—debates that the

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Reclaiming the streets

Black urban insurgency and antisocial security in twenty-first-century Philadelphia

Jeff Maskovsky

political establishment, including the black political establishment, on the part of many African American Philadelphians. Furthermore, at a moment when the liberal urban political establishment is frequently celebrated at the national level as the

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This special focus issue, guest edited by Jutta Helm, features articles

on German cities and urban politics. We are delighted to furnish

Helm and her colleagues with a forum to publish their research on a

crucial area of modern German politics and society. Additionally, we

invited Russell Dalton, a member of our editorial board and among

the most distinguished experts on German elections, to offer his

keen insights on Germany’s landmark parliamentary election in September

1998. We hope you enjoy the issue.

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The Politics of Greening the City

The Case of the Bostan of Kuzguncuk, Istanbul

Alice Genoud

through agricultural projects. Urban Political Ecology This brief overview of the problematic of community gardens demonstrates the issue of the relationship of the community with the garden they are working for. Indeed, another approach of UA can be to

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Andrew McCumber

. Harvey , David . 1997 . Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference . Malden, MA Blackwell . Heynen , Nikolas C. , Maria Kaika , and Erik Swyngedouw . 2006 . “ Urban Political Ecologies: Politicizing the Production of Urban Natures .” In

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Donna Houston, Diana McCallum, Wendy Steele, and Jason Byrne

between people and nonhuman others in urban contexts are characterized by affective and corporeal entanglements—where feelings of joy, despair, hope, and vilification play out in daily encounters, and in urban politics and spaces. There are few artificial

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Larissa Mellor

, sculpture, etc.) is born in a genealogy, in a vast time, sort of library-landscape, which remembers and forgets, which keeps and brings back to life all the previous works. 2) The other stage is its genetic geography, its spatial context, its urban

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Contemporary Megaprojects

An Introduction

Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

protests. Lauermann traces and compares the scholarly literature on these two fronts of urban politics. Advocates of these mega-events build their argument on the fact that, after a few weeks of elite use of urban space, the infrastructure can be used by

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Marxian anthropology resurgent

Patrick Neveling and Luisa Steur

historical entanglements of the palace and the city, Murawski establishes a bird’s eye view on the state of urban anthropology, as well as on yet another recent turn: the infrastructural one. Warsaw’s real-world urban politics have always been concerned with

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Cultivating Civic Ecology

A Photovoice Study with Urban Gardeners in Lisbon, Portugal

Krista Harper and Ana Isabel Afonso

horticulture but also about urban politics, self-management of shared spaces and social entrepreneurship. We discuss communities of practice operating within an urban gardening organisation in Lisbon, drawing from our participatory action research (PAR