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Governing (in) the neoliberal city

The Foucauldian analysis of neoliberalism as a contribution to urban research Regieren (in) der neoliberalen Stadt

Foucaults Analyse des Neoliberalismus als Beitrag zur Stadtforschung

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The focus of this theoretical-conceptual article is the contribution of the Foucauldian governmentality approach for the understanding of processes of re-ordering the urban in the age of neoliberalism. For this reason, it reviews Foucault's original lectures from 1979 and of other governmentality scholars as well as recent work from urban geography and urban studies. Two main insights of the Foucauldian analysis of neoliberalism will be presented and it will be shown, how urban scholars have made use of and developed further these insights in their analysis of neoliberal urban governance: a) the art of exercising power and governing society in the form, and according to the model, of the economy and b) governing through community, responsibility, and participation. In an outlook it is discussed in how far the governmentality approach can contribute to urban geography and urban studies and vice versa.

In diesem konzeptionell-theoretischen Aufsatz wird der Beitrag des foucaultschen Gouvernementalitätsansatzes für die Deutung und Erklärung städtischer Neuordnungsprozesse im neoliberalen Zeitalter diskutiert. Dazu wird sowohl auf die Vorlesungen von Michel Foucault aus dem Jahr 1979 und Texte weiterer Gouvernementalitätsforscher_innen als auch auf jüngere, internationale Beiträge aus Geographie und Stadtforschung zurückgegriffen. Zunächst werden zentrale Erkenntnisse der gouvernementalen Analyse des Neoliberalismus vorgestellt (Regieren auf Grundlage der Ökonomie und Regieren über Gemeinschaft, Verantwortung und Partizipation), um anschließend zu zeigen, wie diese Analysen in der Stadtforschung aufgegriffen und weiterentwickelt wurden. In einem Ausblick wird diskutiert, inwiefern die Gouvernementalitätsforschung einen entscheidenden Beitrag für die derzeitige Stadtforschung leisten als auch die Stadtforschung Erkenntnisse der Gouvernementalitätsforschung vorantreiben kann.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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