Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., Volker Eick, and Ellen Reese, eds.
This issue of Social Justice explores the danger of neoliberal globalization regarding social issues such as the privatization of housing, economic welfare, security, and the delivery of goods and services. Contributions on economic welfare and municipal services discuss how neoliberalism in the global North and South has undermined workers’ economic rights and their rights to basic goods and services. The section on security explores how security concerns are mingled with safe-and-clean programs to identify, control, discipline, contain, or expel the “undesirables” in urban and non-urban environs. In terms of housing and urban development, critics of neoliberalism argue that neoliberal policies are a guise for the use of the political state by wealthy individuals and corporations to increase their share of valued resources in a global society. Contributions on resistance to privatization show that alternatives always exist, as do people who resist neoliberalization and develop practical alternatives to the global devastations of neoliberalism on the local scale. In sum, the articles in this issue highlight the challenges of resisting neoliberal policies and the conditional nature of effective resistance. Nevertheless, neoliberalism is not, as is constantly stated, without an alternative. Instead, it is a highly contested terrain, with opportunities for a better life. 200 pages. See also “Justice for Workers in the Global Economy” (Vol. 31, No. 3, 2004).
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Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., Volker Eick, and Ellen Reese, Introduction: Neoliberal Globalization, Urban Privatization, and Resistance
Alan Emery, Privatization, Neoliberal Development, and the Struggle for Workers’ Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Markus Wissen and Matthias Naumann, A New Logic of Infrastructure Supply: The Commercialization of Water and the Transformation of Urban Governance in Germany
Ellen Reese, Vincent Rolandas Giedraitis, and Eric Vega, Welfare Is Not for Sale: Campaigns Against Welfare Profiteers in Milwaukee
Tracy Fisher, Race, Neoliberalism, and ‘Welfare Reform’ in Britain
Volker Eick, Preventive Urban Warfare: Rent-a-Cops and Neoliberal Glocalization in Germany
Nik Theodore, Nina Martin, and Ryan Hollon, Securing the City: Emerging Markets in the Private Provision of Security Services in Chicago
Adalberto Aguirre, Jr., and Frances Vu, Eminent Domain and City Redevelopment in California: An Overview and Case Study
Andrej Holm, Urban Renewal and the End of Social Housing: The Roll Out of Neoliberalism in East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg
Beatríz Garcia Peralta and Andreas Hofer, Housing for the Working Class of Mexico City: A New Version of Gated Communities
Ute Lehrer and Andrea Winkler, Public or Private? The Pope Squat and Housing Struggles in Toronto
John Krinsky, The Dialectics of Privatization and Advocacy in New York City’s Workfare State
Paula Almeida and Erica Walker, The Pace of Neoliberal Globalization: A Comparison of Three Popular Movement Campaigns in Central America