(2017) ‘Linking race, the value of land and the value of life’ , City, 20 (6) , pp. 1-17
(2015) ‘Salvaging Situationism: Race and Space’ Salvage #2: Awaiting the Furies.
On colonialism, culpability and comrades. A dérive in honour of a dérive interrupted.
ABSTRACT: Segregation is a constant in all North American cities yet is peripheral to key work on spatial political economy, such as David Harvey (2007) and Neil Smith (1982, 1996). This thesis builds on their theorisations of the circuits of capital in relation to rent and uneven development by drawing on theorisations of white privilege (primarily Pulido, 2000) and the critical race theory of Stuart Hall (1980). Hall’s work on hegemony and articulation enables a better understanding of how the dialectics of land’s use value and rent connect to ideologies of race and neoliberalism, to city politics, and to the shifting geography of Los Angeles. The ongoing and primarily African-American struggle to occupy residential space reveals the ways in which racism and contestation have been central to the formation of L.A., to the increasing privatisation of space, and to the changing flows of capital through its built environment. These issues are explored through the principal three chapters, each dedicated to an historical moment when a civil rights victory succeeded in achieving concrete shifts in the politics of race and space: the long term campaign that overturned racially restrictive covenants in 1948; the mass civil rights struggle to integrate L.A.’s suburbs in 1963-64; and the preservation of thousands of private residential hotel units in a gentrifying downtown in 2006. Despite their success in forcing new articulations of rationalising ideologies, politics, and capitalism’s search for a ‘spatial fix’, these struggles demonstrate that the unchanging elements in the emerging hegemony have been the continued prominent role of force over the manufacture of consent, and the maintenance of a privileged white spatiality. I argue that the a large part of neoliberalism’s power in North America ultimately lies in its ability to rationalise and legitimate this spatiality with a colourblind discourse, masking racial inequalities and the continuing racism at the heart of American society.
(2013) ‘Liberatory Struggles for Housing’ book review, City 17(5) 699-702
(2012) with Nick Wolff. ‘Games Monitor: Undermining the Hype of the London Olympics’. City 16(4): 468-473
(2010) ‘A Right to the City, a Right to a Home: The Struggle Over Land and Housing in LA’ Critical Cities, Vol 2. London: Myrdle Court Press.
(2009) ‘Driven From Below: A Look at Tenant Organizing and the New Gentrification’. Perspectives Journal.
(2002) with Gilda Hass. ‘Redefining Redevelopment: Participatory Research for Equity in the Los Angeles Figueroa Corridor’. Los Angeles: SAJE.