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The urban politics of social reproduction under austerity(1)

Type: Paper
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Organizers: Cesare Di Feliciantonio, Cristina Temenos
Chairs: Cesare Di Feliciantonio


More than a decade after the explosion of the global financial crisis, austerity remains an overarching and pervasive logic within national and municipal public policies. Despite proclamations on ‘the end of austerity’ in several countries, public expenditure on social care health and welfare benefits remains lower than the years prior to the 2007 global financial crisis, affecting city governments and the most vulnerable urban inhabitants in viscerally material terms. The impact of austerity on poverty, homelessness, health and social services provision, longer waiting times to access healthcare, increased mental health issues, and worsened access to healthy food, among other issues is well documented (Alexandri 2017, Davies and Blanco 2017, Karanikolos et al 2013, Reeves et al 2013). While local institutions are trapped between the commitment to deliver public services amidst increased demand and decreased resources from national governments and tax bases, urban areas often emerge as the most affected by austerity, maintaining and deepening spatial inequalities. However, the logics and politics of social reproduction promoted by local policymakers and service providers responsible for delivering services under austerity remains understudied. This session aims to bring together scholars working in different geographical locations who question the complex relationship between austerity and the urban politics of social reproduction from different disciplinary perspectives.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Dan Cohen*, Queen's University, Austerity, Philanthropy, and Urban Education: DeVos, Broad, and Detroit’s School System 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Faith Taylor*, QMUL, Geographies Beyond Austerity: Imperial Finance, Differentiated Value and Urban Reproduction 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Melissa Heil*, University of Illinois, Social Reproduction and The Politics of Owing: Accounting, Austerity, and Water Struggles in Detroit and Flint 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Cristina Temenos*, University of Manchester, Policy Tensions: Relational urban politics & austerity urbanism in European cities 15 12:00 AM

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