Taking the city as a site of contestation and a stage where social conflicts are played out, the book highlights the connections between urban power and dissent; the nature and impact of resistance; how the spatiality and built environment of the city generates conflict and, conversely, how protagonists use the cityscape to stage their everyday and public dissent.
The contributors explore the conditions, strategies, and outcomes of such dissent and forms of cultural resistance, and explore the following themes:
the impact of urban development, gentrification and ghetto-isation;
urban counter narratives and the re-imagining of city spaces;
the role of grassroots activism and social movements;
cultural resistance in the creation of neighbourhoods and communities;
the impact of gender, class and the politics of identity on forms of dissent;
the formation of transgressive spaces.