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The dynamics of contingency: neoliberal redevelopment governance in Chicago and Buenos Aires

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Title: The dynamics of contingency: neoliberal redevelopment governance in Chicago and Buenos Aires
Author(s): Sternberg, Carolina
Director of Research: Wilson, David
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Wilson, David
Doctoral Committee Member(s): McLafferty, Sara; Chhatre, Ashwini; Margheritis, Ana
Department / Program: Geography & Geographic InfoSys
Discipline: Geography
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Neoliberal governance contingency cultural economy urban restructuring Buenos Aires Chicago Latin America United States (US)
Abstract: Neoliberal redevelopment governance has been ascendant worldwide in the last two decades and has come to profoundly influence mainstream urban politics. This project seeks to understand these formations from a comparative vantage-point, focusing on the global cities of Chicago and Buenos Aires. The study critically interrogates these governances to determine the degree to which they have significantly different institutional affiliations, operations, and outcomes. At issue is an important notion in the theorizing of these governances: contingent neoliberalism. While nascent research has suggested the possibility of a strong contingent aspect to these governances, its specifics remain under-explored. The intellectual merits of this project thus rest on a novel focus: the study of contingent urban neoliberalism. Current work on contemporary urban governance in the west, to date, peripheralizes the centrality of contingency. Common sets of institutions, interests, programs, and motivations are seen to permeate and characterize these governances across the enormous diversity of places (Brenner and Theodore, 2002; Hackworth, 2007; Peck 2001). My study, in contrast, probes the nuances of these features to reveal their rich specifics and place-rooted basis. Using a cultural economy frame, my goal is not to marginalize the influence of structures that embed within capitalist economies and societies. Indeed, this is a foundational part of my study. However, I chronicle the inseparability of local-ness, place rootedness, historical specificity, human agency, and political variability that poignantly embeds within the human made operation and effects of locally circulating structures.
Issue Date: 2012-05-22
Rights Information: Copyright 2012 Carolina Sternberg
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-05-22
Date Deposited: 2012-05

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