publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Neither Shoreditch nor Manhattan: Post-politics, 'soft austerity urbanism' and real abstraction in Glasgow North

Gray, Neil;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2018 Journal: Area, volume 50, pages 15-23 (issn: 0004-0894, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Speirs Locks is being re-constructed as a new cultural quarter in Glasgow North, with urban boosters envisioning the unlikely, rundown and de-populated light industrial estate as a key site in the city's ongoing cultural regeneration strategy. Yet this creative place-making initiative, I argue, masks a post-political conjuncture based on urban speculation, displacement and the foreclosure of dissent. Post-politics at Speirs Locks is characterised by what I term ‘soft austerity urbanism’: seemingly progressive, instrumental small-scale urban catalyst initiatives that in reality complement rather than counter punitive hard austerity urbanism. Relating such process...
Subjects
free text keywords: Dissent, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Urbanism, Social science, Austerity, Gentrification, Post-politics, Politics, Ecological urbanism, Capitalism, Sociology
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Neither Shoreditch nor Manhattan: Post-politics, 'soft austerity urbanism' and real abstraction in Glasgow North

Gray, Neil;