Care and the City: 
Encounters with Urban Studies (2021 Routledge, Open Access)

Care and the City is a cross-disciplinary collection of chapters examining urban social spaces, in which caring and uncaring practices intersect and shape people’s everyday lives. While asking how care and uncare are embedded in the urban condition, the book focuses on inequalities in caring relations and the ways they are acknowledged, reproduced, and overcome in various spaces, discourses, and practices.

This book provides a pathway for urban scholars to start engaging with approaches to conceptualize care in the city through a critical-reflexive analysis of processes of urbanization. It pursues a systematic integration of empirical, methodological, theoretical, and ethical approaches to care in urban studies, while overcoming a crisis-centered reading of care and the related ambivalences in care debates, practices, and spaces. These strands are elaborated via a conceptual framework of care and situated within broader theoretical debates on cities, urbanization, and urban development with detailed case studies from Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

By establishing links to various fields of knowledge, this book seeks to systematically introduce debates on care to the interconnecting fields of urban studies, planning theory, and related disciplines for the first time.

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KNIERBEIN, S. and VIDERMAN, T. (2018 Routledge)

Public Space Unbound: Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition.

Through an exploration of emancipation in capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice co-constituted by residents, places and practices rather than an abstract professional field organizing people and movements.

Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and processes in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory mo(ve)ments relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopia are in crisis, is it still productive to claim future progress by urban revolution, or shall we rather look at small emancipatory mo(ve)ments that characterize present everyday life?

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7 - 9 September 2022

Presentation at the INUAS conference series "Urban Transformations: Housing | Resources | Public Spaces" in Winterthur (CH) by Sabine Knierbein | More Information

6. Oktober 2022

30 Years Agenda 21 | Agenda Symposium - Urban Democracy, Plural Society & Participation for All with Keynote by Sabine Knierbein. 5-8 pm at Brunnenpassage, 1160 Vienna | More Information

3 - 7 October 2022

dieRaum 22: Curation of student work specific to spatial planning content at TVFA-Halle, Erzherzog-Johann-Platz 1, 1040 Vienna | More Information