Racialized Restructuring: Centers, Peripheries and Urban Theory

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Studio 7, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Matt Hern, Ananya Roy
Chairs: Matt Hern


Around the world, but especially in the cities of North America, working-class residents and communities of colour are being forced to abandon long-time core city neighbourhoods and are being pushed to the far edges of urban peripheries. In this session, we examine contemporary processes of metropolitan restructuring and the vocabularies of banishment, dispossession, resegregation and peripheralization. These new forms of spatial exclusion are thoroughly racialized and we seek to understand the shifting nature of their emergence and entrenchment. It is our contention that the discipline of urban studies is struggling to find useful descriptive and analytical languages to make sense of these processes. Drawing on the black radical tradition, decolonial and postcolonial theories, and other genres of critical theory, we attempt to overcome these limits and rethink some of the structuring categories of urban geography, for example, suburb, neoliberalism, and primitive accumulation. In doing so, we draw attention to imaginations and practices of resistance that might otherwise have been relegated to the margins of urban theory.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matt Hern*, , Outside the Outside: Centres, Peripheries and Urban Revolt 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Ananya Roy*, University of California, Los Angeles, "Indispensable Presence": Racial Banishment in the Contemporary Metropolis 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Margaret Ramirez*, University of Washington, Seattle, City as Borderland: Gentrification, Land & (Dis)possession 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Kenton Card*, University of California - Los Angeles, Unraveling Western Urban Political Economy with Woods' Blues Epistemology and Black Radical Praxis 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Lisa Bates 20 2:40 PM

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