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.
|Presenter||Emily Rosenman*, Pennsylvania State University, Social reproduction and the racial wealth gap: From financial exclusion to ‘racial justice investing’ in the United States||15||3:05 PM|
|Presenter||Jessa Loomis*, Newcastle University , A Voucher for Another Family: The Austerity State meets the Asset-Building Household||15||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Salene Schloffel-Armstrong*, , Geographies of the public library: Political economy, architecture and everyday use||15||3:35 PM|
|Presenter||Cristina Temenos*, University of Manchester, Policy Tensions: Relational urban politics & austerity urbanism in European cities||15||3:50 PM|
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