Between us in the City

The latest issue of Environment and Planning D has a special theme issue: Citizenship Without Community edited by Angharad Closs Stephens and Vicky Squire. It’s a great issue with essays by Etienne Balibar, Engin Isin and Cindy Weber amongst others.

I have an essay in this issue on materiality, subjectivity, and community in the era of global urbanization. Essentially it’s about the need to think about buildings as that which are ‘between us’ in the city and thus about the need to take the material fabric of the city seriously if were are to think about community (and it’s implied shadow ‘citizenship’). It is largely a contestation of the usual ideas of community and citizenship that see these as abstract binds (mental, legal, human) between individuals regardless of context. The piece is available here, email me if you don’t have access behind the pay-wall and I will send you whatever the license allows.

The full theme issue Contents are:

Guest editorial

Citizenship without community?
Angharad Closs Stephens, Vicki Squire

The ‘impossible’ community of the citizens: past and present problems
Etienne Balibar

Citizens without nations
Engin F Isin

Between us in the city: materiality, subjectivity, and community in the era of global urbanization
Martin Coward

Design, translation, citizenship: reflections on the virtual (de)territorialization of the US – Mexico border
Cynthia Weber

European citizenship unbound: sex work, mobility, mobilisation
Rutvica Andrijasevic, Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Vicki Squire

The politics of the neighbour
Joe Painter

Aboriginal sovereignty and the politics of reconciliation: the constituent power of the Aboriginal Embassy in Australia
Paul Muldoon, Andrew Schaap

Politics through a web: citizenship and community unbound
Angharad Closs Stephens, Vicki Squire

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