Badlands of the Republic. Space, Politics and Urban Policy. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2249573
  • Book
  • 236 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This is a first–of–its–kind, comprehensive account of French urban policy.Badlands of the Republic offers a fresh approach to space and politics, while providing insights into the politics of immigration and the contemporary transformations of the state in France. The author not only proposes a new way of looking at urban policy, but also challenges overarching generalizations that are based almost exclusively on the British and North American experience. This resource provides analysis on the revolts in the banlieues of French cities in 2005 and covers a variety of other topics related to contemporary citizenship and immigration. Its rich empirical material derives from sources that go beyond mere investigation of official documents. It is the only thorough account of French urban policy written in English.
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List of Figures and Tables.

List of Abbreviations and Acronyms.

Series Editors Preface.


Part I: Badlands:.

1. Introduction: The Fear of the Banlieue .

The Colour of Fear.

Organization of the Book.

2. State s Statements: Urban Policy as Place–Making.

Neoliberalism, Neoliberalization and the City.

The Republican State and Its Contradictions.

The Republican Penal State and Urban Policy.

Part II: The Police:.

3. The Right to the City? Revolts and the Initiation of Urban Policy.

The Hot Summer of 1981: How Novel is Violence ?.

Brixton in France? The Haunting of the French Republic.

The Founding Texts of Urban Policy.

The Anti–immigrant Vote .

Consolidation of Urban Policy.

Conclusions: Consolidation of the Police.

4. Justice, Police, Statistics: Surveillance of Spaces of Intervention.

When the Margin is at the Centre.

The Return of the State .

I Like the State .

Justice, Police, Statistics.

Conclusions: Looking for a Better Police .

a Republican One.

5. From Neighbourhoods in Danger to Dangerous Neighbourhoods : The Repressive Turn in Urban Policy.

Encore! The Ghost Haunting the French Republic.

Pacte de Relance: Old Ghosts, New Spaces.

They are Already Stigmatized : Affirmative Action à la française.

Is Positive Discrimination Negative?.

Insecurity Wins the Left: The Villepinte Colloquium.

Remaking Urban Policy in Republican Terms.

Whither Urban Policy?.

The Police Order and the Police State.

Back to the Statist Geography.

Conclusions: Repressive Police.

Part III: Justice in Banlieues:.

6. A Thirst for Citizenship : Voices from a Banlieue.

Vaulx–en–Velin between Official Processions and Police Forces.

Vaulx–en–Velin after the trentes glorieuses.

A Thirst for Citizenship .

A Toil of Two Cities (in One).

Whose List is More Communitarian ?.

Conclusions: Acting on the Spaces of the Police.

7. Voices into Noises: Revolts as Unarticulated Justice Movements.

Revolting Geographies.

Geographies of Repression: Police Everywhere, Justice Nowhere .

Policies of Urgency: 20 Years for Unemployment, 20 Years for Insecurity .

Conclusions: Form a Just Revolt of the Youth to Urban Violence .

8. Conclusion: Space, Politics and Urban Policy.




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This is a knowledgeable, intelligent, and highly readable account of an issue that has featured prominently in French politics and public policy during the last quarter of a century. (Journal of Planning Education and Research, 8 September 2008)

"It′s a fine book. Doubly so, for not only does it meld theoretical deftness with convincing empirical information, it also has the virtue of taking us out of our English speaking milieu...Are you an inquisitive urban geographer? If so, having read Dikeç as your indispensable primer, next time you′re in Paris leave the Eiffel Tower behind and go out to La Courneuve. Or in Strasbourg, view the cathedral but then board the Line C tram right next to it which takes you out to Le Neuhof, like La Courneuve one of the original sixteen social development urban neighborhoods. Get a taste of another, and real, urban France. Dikeç has." (Geographical Review, December 2010)

"This brilliant empirical riff by Mustafa Dikeç on Ranciere′s idea of the ′given′ of governmental intervention as applied to the ′banlieue′ of French cities shows how attempts to realize the ideal of ′the one and indivisible republic′ through planning founder because French urban policy is also profoundly involved with making places that violate that very ideal."John Agnew, UCLA

"This book is an extraordinary achievement. Hardly a year after the momentous revolts in the banlieues of France′s big cities, Mustafa Dikeç offers not only a razor–sharp dissection of urban struggles, but, more importantly, demonstrates how the politics of space work in today′s France and how a progressive urban politics can be reclaimed. A must read for all those interested in urban social movements and have not given up on the possibilities for a genuinely humanising urban politics."Erik Swyngedouw, Manchester University

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