Civic City Cahier 1: Social Movements in the (Post-)Neoliberal City
Margit Mayer
Series edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich

Margit Mayer looks at contemporary social movements that contest neoliberal urban development by invoking the Right to the City, a motto originally coined by Henri Lefèbvre in the 1960s. Mayer contrasts these new movements to those of previous phases in postwar, political-economic development, and thus establishes a set of correspondences between consecutive urban regimes and shifting forms of contestation. This framework helps to identify the novelty of progressive movements within the (post-)neoliberal city – as well as to explore the scope of meanings attached to their demand for the Right to the City, which has become such a defining feature of current urban struggles not just in the Euro-American core, but around the world. Social Movements in the (Post-)Neoliberal City discusses the implications of the current economic crisis for the Right to the City movements, and speculates about what these movements might imply for designing the (post-)neoliberal city.

The Civic City Cahier series intends to provide material for a critical discussion about the role of design for a new social city. It publishes short monographic texts by authors who specialise in urban and design theory and practice.

September 2010
19 x 11.5 cm, 56 pages, two colour
Softcover with dust jacket
ISBN 978-1-907414-05-3
Out of print