The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, The City and Urban Society – edited by Michael E. Leary-Owhin and John P. McCarthy
The Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre,The City and Urban Society is the first edited book to focus on Lefebvre’s urban theories and ideas from a global perspective, making use of recent theoretical and empirical developments, with contributions from eminent as well as emergent global scholars.
The book provides international comparison of Lefebvrian research and theoretical conjecture and aims; to engage with and critique Lefebvre’s ideas in the context of contemporary urban, social and environmental upheavals; to use Lefebvre’s spatial triad as a research tool as well as a point of departure for the adoption of ideas such as differential space; to reassess Lefebvre’s ideas in relation to nature and global environmental sustainability; and to highlight how a Lefebvrian approach might assist in mobilising resistance to the excesses of globalised neoliberal urbanism. The volume draws inspiration from Lefebvre’s key texts (The Production of Space; Critique of Everyday Life; and The Urban Revolution) and includes a comprehensive introduction and concluding chapter by the editors. The conclusions highlight implications in relation to increasing spatial inequalities; increasing diversity of needs including those of migrants; more authoritarian approaches; and asymmetries of access to urban space. Above all, the book illustrates the continuing relevance of Levebvre’s ideas for contemporary urban issues and shows – via global case studies – how resistance to spatial domination by powerful interests might be achieved.
The Handbook helps the reader navigate the complex terrain of spatial research inspired by Lefebvre. In particular the Handbook focuses on: the series of struggles globally for the ‘right to the city’ and the collision of debates around the urban age, ‘cityism’ and planetary urbanisation. It will be a guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for academics in the fields of Human Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Applied Philosophy, Planning, Urban Theory and Urban Studies. Practitioners and activists in the field will also find the book of relevance.