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Paradoxes of the Neoliberal City Paradoxien der neoliberalen Stadt

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Up to now, the analysis of breaks and ruptures within the process of the neoliberalization of cities is generally lacking. When taken into consideration, such ruptures are mostly framed as entry points for resisting counter-movements. This paper instead builds on the concept of ,,paradoxes“ for grasping urban processes that are seemingly contradictory, but in fact are closely related. We first elaborate the paradox-concept, employing the model of ,,paradoxes of contemporary capitalism“ (Honneth 2002a). Then we exemplify (a) the paradox of homogenization through differentiation in the valorization process of central urban neighborhoods, (b) the paradox of exclusion through participation in urban planning and politics and (c) the paradox of localism through globalization within the urban competitiveness.

Der Beitrag greift mit ,,Paradoxie“ eine Perspektive auf, um widersprüchlich erscheinende, eng aneinander gekoppelte städtische Entwicklungen verstehbar zu machen. Gegenläufigkeiten und Brüche im Prozess der Neoliberalisierung der Städte werden analytisch bisher entweder kaum beachtet oder als Einfallstore für widerständige Gegenprojekte gedeutet. Nach einer Ausarbeitung des Paradoxiekonzeptes, das an das Modell der ,,Paradoxien des gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus“ (Honneth 2002a) anknüpft, skizzieren wir (a) das Paradox der Homogenisierung durch Differenzierung im Prozess der Inwertsetzung innenstädtischer Quartiere, (b) das Paradox der Ausgrenzung durch Mitbestimmung im Zuge von Partizipationsverfahren in Stadtplanung und -politik sowie (c) das Paradox des Lokalismus durch Globalisierung in der allgemeinen Städtekonkurrenz.
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Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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