Rethinking Geographies of Race and Austerity

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 24
Organizers: Sawyer Phinney, Caroline Ponder, Akira Rodriguez
Chairs: Cristina Temenos


Austerity urbanism has become a key consideration for studying on-going state restructuring, uneven development, and unequal socio-spatial relations (Davidson and Ward, 2014, Peck, 2012, 2014; Tabb, 2014). The pattern of “rolling back” the state to facilitate the privatization of urban life is a key feature of neoliberalism, and austere policy debates have emerged around the provision of housing, education, welfare, and other forms of social reproduction. However, academic debates have yet to fully interrogate the role of race in analyses of austerity urbanism. Rather than revealing how periods of neoliberalization modify the way in which race and racial inequalities are experienced in society, or the ways in which race and racism are inextricably embedded in processes of neoliberalism, current conceptualizations of austerity urbanism often appear to have a difficult time confronting obviously racialized material outcomes of austerity policies. In both conceptual and concrete terms, the amount of research examining how and why racialized groups experience the costs of austerity the way they do, is limited. However, a growing number of scholars (Pulido, 2016; Bonds, 2019; Danewid, 2019; Ponder and Omstedt, 2019; Phinney, 2019) are beginning to conceptualize austerity urbanism as part of a larger process of racial capitalism.

This session seeks to explore topics of racialized austerity that understand processes of austerity and race to be working in unison. Our call is animated by a need for more research that examines the variegated interactions of racialized austerity, that questions the ways in which austerity policies do not govern in a homogenous manner but operate on historically and geographically distinctive terrains of racial domination and empire. We welcome analyses that highlight the deeply ingrained racialization of state-restructuring to offer better understandings of how contemporary capitalist and financialized processes rely on racialized preconditions to reproduce itself in the urban.

More specifically, papers might engage with:

-(Re)production of racialized space and uneven racialized geographies via austerity policies

-The confluence of urban austerity and racial capitalism across the global North and South

-Materializations of racialized austerity inside and outside the global city

-Intersections of racialized austerity and coloniality

-Intersections of gender, race/racialization, ability/ableism, sexuality and spatialities of austerity


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Panelist Amanda Kass University of Illinois At Chicago 15 8:00 AM
Panelist Sawyer Phinney University of Manchester 15 8:15 AM
Panelist Nadya Ali University of Sussex 8 8:30 AM
Panelist Ben Whitham De Montfort University 7 8:38 AM
Panelist Rachael Baker Urban Praxis Workshop 15 8:45 AM

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