Social Justice and Neoliberalism: Global Perspectives

Social Justice and Neoliberalism: Global Perspectives

By: Kate Willis (editor), Alison Stenning (editor), Adrian Smith (editor), Colin Marx (contributor), Robert Rogerson (contributor), Pattinson Pattinson (contributor), Kathrin Horschelmann (contributor), Mark Boyle (contributor), Reid-Henry Reid-Henry (contributor), Peter North (contributor)Hardback

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The continuing expansion of neoliberalism into ever more spaces and spheres of life has profound implications for social justice. Despite the number of policies designed to target `social exclusion', people in many communities continue to be marginalized by economic restructuring. Social Justice and Neoliberalism explores the connections between neoliberalism, social justice and exclusion. The authors raise critical questions about the extent to which neoliberal programmes are able to deliver social justice in different locations around the world. The book offers grounded, theoretically oriented, empirically rich analysis that critiques neoliberalism while understanding its material impacts. It also stresses the need to extend analyses beyond the dominant spheres of capitalism to look at the ways in which communities resist and remake the economic and social order, through contestation and protest but also in their everyday lives. Global in scope, this book brings together writers who examine these themes in the global South, the former `communist' East and the West, using the experience of marginal peoples, places and communities to challenge our conceptions of capitalism and its geographies.

About Author

Adrian Smith is Professor of Human Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Reconstructing the Regional Economy (1998), Theorising Transition (1998) and Work, Employment and Transition (2002). He has been an editor of Regional Studies and will be an editor of European Urban and Regional Studies from 2009. Alison Stenning is Reader in Economic and Social Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. Her work has been published in a number of sociology and geography journals. Katie Willis is Reader in Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her main publications include Theories and Practices of Development (2005); Gender and Migration (2000), Challenges and Change in Middle America (2002) and State/Nation/Transnation (2004). She is editor of Geoforum and International Development Planning Review.


Introduction: Social Justice and Neoliberalism - Katie Willis, Adrian Smith and Alison Stenning 1. Voices from the Trueque: Barter Networks and Resistance to Neoliberalism in Argentina - Pete North 2. Confounding Neoliberalism: Priests, Privatization and Social Justice in the Peruvian Andes - Elizabeth Olson 3. Travelling Neoliberalism: Polish and Ghanaian workers in London - Jon May, Kavita Datta, Yara Evans, Joanna Herbert, Cathy McIlwaine and Jane Wills 4. Neoliberalization and its Discontents: The Experience of Working Poverty in Manchester - Vinny Pattinson 5. Bargaining with the Devil: Neoliberalization, Informal Work and Workers' Resistance in the Clothing Industry of Turkey - Ergul Ergun 6. Transitions to Work and the Making of Neoliberal Selves: Growing up in (the former) East Germany - Kathrin Hoerschelmann 7. The Emergence of a Working Poor: Labour Markets, Neoliberalization and Diverse Economies in Post-Socialist Cities - Adrian Smith, Alison Stenning, Alena Rochovska and Dariusz ?wi?tek 8. Difference without Dominance: Social Justice and the (Neoliberal) Economy in Urban Development - Colin Marx Conclusions: Neoliberalization, Social Justice and Resistance - Alison Stenning, Adrian Smith and Katie Willis

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  • ISBN13: 9781842779194
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9781842779194
  • ISBN10: 1842779192

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