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Title: Thinking beyond the hybrid: “actually-existing” cities “after neoliberalism” in Boyle et al.
Authors: Law, Alex
Mooney, Gerry
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Neoliberalism
Capital relation
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Publisher: Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography. The definitive version is available at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/117998865/home
Citation: Law, A. and Mooney, G. 2009. Thinking beyond the hybrid: “actually-existing” cities “after neoliberalism” in Boyle et al. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. 91(3): pp.289-294. Available from DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0467.2009.00321.x
Abstract: In their article, ‘The spatialities of actually existing neoliberalism in Glasgow, 1977 to present’, Mark Boyle, Christopher McWilliams and Gareth Rice (2008) usefully problematise our current understanding of neoliberal urbanism. Our response is aimed at developing a sympathetic but critical approach to Boyle et al's understanding of neoliberal urbanism as illustrated by the Glasgow example. In particular, the counterposing by Boyle et al of a 'hybrid, mutant' model to a 'pure' model of neoliberalism for us misrepresents existing models of neoliberalism as a perfectly finished object rather than a roughly mottled process. That they do not identify any ‘pure’ model leads them to create a straw construct against which they can claim a more sophisticated, refined approach to the messiness of neoliberal urbanism. In contrast, we view neoliberalism as a contested and unstable response to accumulation crises at various scales of analysis.
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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/451
ISSN: 1468-0467
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