Volume 43  Issue 5  September 2019

In This Issue...

In urban studies, the themes of spatial exclusion and territorial stigma have long endured in research and scholarship. The articles in this issue of IJURR extend this field of inquiry in three distinctive ways. First, in keeping with the mandate of the journal to maintain an international scope of theorization, the collection spans diverse national and urban geographies. The intention is not to search for coherence or even comparison. After all, the regulation of residential mobility in China (Li and Mao) is inherently different than residential segregation and stratification in the United Kingdom (Coulter and Clark). Yet, we remain convinced that there is intellectual value in holding such socio-spatial formations in simultaneous view in the pages of a journal. As many of us have argued, the intention is to sharpen our attention to historical difference and the geopolitical specificities that constitute what is too easily presented as mere context. Second, the articles published here give us a fine-grained understanding of the lived experience of exclusion and stigma, be it the performance of symbolic boundaries that maintain class distinctions in Sari, Iran (Hashemi) or the affective politics of worth and care under conditions of militarized urbanism in Israel/Palestine (Pasquetti) or territorial appropriations in a housing area in Lund, Sweden (Kärrholm and Wirdelöv). Such work carries important methodological implications for urban studies, as evident in Cuny’s use of visual research, specifically photography, to uncover power and representation.  Third, this issue of IJURR takes up the question of the persistent and resurgent histories of right-wing populism.  Two of the articles in this collection, that by Mitchell and MacFarlane on the structures of racial violence that are constitutive of liberal cosmopolitanism in Hamburg, Germany, and that by Creţan and O’Brien on the renewal of Roma stigmatization in the spatial imaginations and practices of the New Right in Timişoara, Romania, emerge from a special call for papers on right-wing populisms and the city that we issued last year. But as the paper by Maestri reminds us, racial othering is not limited to right-wing populisms. It also haunts the politics of squats in cities such as Rome, Italy, presenting a challenge to housing justice movements and their fragile solidarity with Roma communities. As Watson shows, it is thus vitally important for urban studies scholarship to continue a critical analysis of ‘refugee humanitarianism’ and the various agendas of welcome and inclusion underway in cities across the North Atlantic.

— Ananya Roy


Hamburg’s Spaces of Danger: Race, Violence and Memory in a Contemporary Global City

‘Get out of Traian Square!’: Roma Stigmatization as a Mobilizing Tool for the Far Right in Timişoara, Romania

Experiences of Urban Militarism: Spatial Stigma, Ruins and Everyday Life

The Neighbourhood in Pieces: The Fragmentation of Local Public Space in a Swedish Housing Area

Residents’ Responses to ‘Territorial Stigmatization’: Visual Research in Berlin

Embedded Enclaves: Cultural Mimicry and Urban Social Exclusion in Iran

The Nomad, The Squatter and the State: Roma Racialization and Spatial Politics in Italy

Ethnic Disparities in Neighbourhood Selection: Understanding the Role of Income

The Spatial Pattern of Residential Mobility in Guangzhou, China

Welcoming Refugees and the Cultural Wealth of Cities: Intersections of Urban Development and Refugee Humanitarianism

Book Reviews

Martin J. Murray 2017: The Urbanism of Exception: The Dynamics of Global City Building in the Twenty‐First Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Samuel Stein 2019: Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. London: Verso

Jan Lin 2019: Taking Back the Boulevard: Art, Activism, and Gentrification in Los Angeles. New York: New York University Press

Martin Jones 2019: Cities and Regions in Crisis: The Political Economy of Sub‐National Development. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Maureen M. Donaghy 2018: Democratizing Urban Development: Community Organizations for Housing across the United States and Brazil. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press

Rosalind Fredericks 2018: Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

Gokçe Günel 2019: Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press