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The sharing economy, often phrased as ‘platform capitalism’, enables firms such as Uber and Airbnb to monetize, through specific technologies of mediation, the networks, the assets and the precarious labour of those who are described as ‘the entrepreneurs of sharing’. This article explores the urban...
Legal Technologies of Primitive Accumulation: Judicial Robbery and Dispossession‐by‐Restitution in Warsaw
Among the ‘extra‐economic means’ that facilitate primitive accumulation, or accumulation by dispossession, the law plays a prominent role. But works on neoliberal urban restructuring rarely engage with concrete legal technologies. Analysing judicial property restitution (‘reprivatization’) in Warsaw,...
How Subordinate Financialization Shapes Urban Development: The Rise and Fall of Warsaw’s Służewiec Business District
This article studies the development of Warsaw's Służewiec neighbourhood, Poland's largest business district, as a case of real estate financialization. We argue that the neighbourhood's chaotic ‘de‐contextualized’ growth was shaped by Poland's semi‐peripheral position in the global economy on the one...
On the road to Khayelitsha’s Department of Coffee for an interview with an Uber driver, Cape Town, 2015 (photo © Andrea Pollio)
People clearing rubble after the second world war destruction of Warsaw, 1945 (photo © Poland’s National Digital Archive, Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe)
‘Goodbye Mordor’ advertising campaign, Warsaw, 2016 (photo © Michael Dembinski, reproduced with permission)