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Revenge and Injustice in the Neoliberal City: Uncovering Masculinist Agendas

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Abstract:

The literature on the Western city as a site of “actually existing neoliberalism” has done much to expose the injustices wrought by new modes of urban governance. In particular, this literature has highlighted the increasing exclusion of minority groups from the spaces of the central city. To date, however, there has been little sustained exploration of the gendered dimensions of this process. In this paper I offer such a gendered reading, suggesting that neoliberal policy serves to recentre masculinity in the cityscape at the same time that it encourages capital accumulation. I demonstrate this by noting some of the forms of revenge currently being exacted on prostitute women in Western cities, reading such actions as symptomatic of urban policies that serve both capital and the phallus. In conclusion, I suggest that the conceptual framework of neoliberalism is useful for making sense of contemporary urban restructuring, but only if we recognise that the resulting city can be mapped along axes other than those fixated on capital and class.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8330.2004.00442.x

Affiliations: Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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