Urban Revolutions

Urbanisation and (Neo-)Colonialism in Transatlantic Context


What do struggles over pipelines in Canada, housing estates in France, and shantytowns in Martinique have in common? In Urban Revolutions, Stefan Kipfer shows how these struggles force us to understand the (neo-)colonial aspects of capitalist urbanization in a comparatively and historically nuanced fashion. In so doing, he demonstrates that urban research can offer a rich, if uneven, terrain upon which to develop the relationship between Marxist and anti-colonial intellectual traditions. After a detailed dialogue between Henri Lefebvre and Frantz Fanon, Kipfer engages creole literature in the French Antilles, Indigenous radicalism in North America and political anti-racism in mainland France.

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Stefan Kipfer teaches in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Toronto. He has published widely on space, social theory and urban politics, including the co-edited Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre and Gramsci Space Nature Politics.
Loren Balhorn, Berlin
David Broder, Rome
Sebastian Budgen, Paris
Steve Edwards, London
Juan Grigera, London
Marcel van der Linden, Amsterdam
Peter Thomas, London
Gavin Walker, New York

Introduction: Marxism, Anti-Colonialism and Urban Research

1 Beyond Metaphor: Henri Lefebvre and ‘Colonisation’

2 Times and Spaces of Liberation: Frantz Fanon on (De)Colonisation

3 Creolising the Urban Revolution? Texaco and Literary Imaginaries in Martinique

4 Is this Pipeline Urban? Indigenous Resurgence and Extended Urbanisation in Canada

5 Mixing It Up: Demolition and Counter-Revolution in Greater Paris


Academic Libraries, Researchers, Graduate Students, Activists. Academic fields: Geography, Urban Studies, Planning, Politics, Political Economy, Social Theory.
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