Governing Poverty in the Post-Industrial City


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This study aims to document the governmental and political character and implications of shifting poverty mentalities, practices and dynamics in post-industrial inner-city locales (Boston, Dublin and Vancouver). The research documents and analyzes how certain people and places are rendered governmentally visible in relation to poverty and its various elements of disadvantage, often in ways that dovetail with gendered and racialized divisions. Methodologically, this research involves extensive archival research, field interviews, and photography. Theoretically, the objective is to understand how shifting forms of urban poverty governance relate to changing notions of democracy and citizenship, including the extent to which poverty and disadvantage become fields for authoritarian practices. Politically, this research unsettles conventional policy discourses and practices, as well as mainstream policy silos, by investigating how urban poverty governance aligns with wider political aims, such as the production of wealth, the securing of a willing and able workforce, and the promotion of order and stability. In this way, this research strives to open up space for new ways of thinking and acting upon mass inequalities that define the global present. Related research: "Bio-gentrification: Vulnerability Bio-value Chains in Gentrifying Neighbourhoods," URBAN GEOGRAPHY, 36, 2 (2015): 277-299; "The Silence of Urban Aboriginal Policy in New Brunswick," in URBAN ABORIGINAL POLICY MAKING IN CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES, Evelyn Peters, ed. (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press) ; "Making Space in Vancouver’s East End from Leonard Marsh to the Vancouver Agreement," BC STUDIES, 169 (2011), 7-49; "From Africville to Globalville: Race, Poverty, and Urban Governance in Halifax, Nova Scotia," in RACE, NEIGHBORHOODS, AND THE MISUSE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL, James Jennings, ed. (New York: Plagrave Macmillan, 2007) , 133-143; "The Voluntary Sector and the Realignment of Government: A Street-level Study," CANADIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 49, 3 (2006), 375-392 (With Jacqueline Low). Please also refer to the RELATIONAL POVERTY NETWORK website at http://depts.washington.edu/relpov/governing-urban-poverty-boston-dublin-vancouver/

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