Urban Uprisings

Challenging Neoliberal Urbanism in Europe

  • Margit Mayer
  • Catharina Thörn
  • Håkan Thörn

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Urban Uprisings, Social Movements and Neoliberal Urbanism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Håkan Thörn, Margit Mayer, Catharina Thörn
      Pages 3-55
  3. Challenging Neoliberal Urbanism in Europe

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 341-353

About this book


This book analyses the waves of protests, from spontaneous uprisings to well-organized forms of collective action, which have shaken European cities over the last decade. It shows how analysing these protests in connection with the structural context of neoliberal urbanism and its crises is more productive than standard explanations. Processes of neoliberalisation have caused deeply segregated urban landscapes defined by deepening social inequality, rising unemployment, racism, securitization of urban spaces and welfare state withdrawal, particularly from poor peripheral areas, where tensions between marginalized youth and police often manifest in public spaces. Challenging a conventional distinction made in research on protest, the book integrates a structural analysis of processes of large scale urban transformation with analyses of the relationship between 'riots' and social movement action in nine countries: France, Greece, England, Germany, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Turkey.        


human geography political geography austerity riots protest cities European England France Denmark Germany Spain Turkey Poland urban studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Margit Mayer
    • 1
  • Catharina Thörn
    • 2
  • Håkan Thörn
    • 3
  1. 1.J.F. Kennedy Institute for North AmericaFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.University of GothenburgGoteborgSweden
  3. 3.Department of Sociology & Work ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGoteborgSweden

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