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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
In 1996, the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, a grassroots advocacy organization, won a historic legal victory against the cityOCOs Metropolitan Transit Authority. The resulting consent decree forced the MTA for a period of ten years to essentially reorient the mass transit system to better serve the cityOCOs poorest residents. A stunning reversal of conventional governance and planning in urban America, which almost always favors wealthier residents, this decision is also, for renowned urban theorist Edward W. Soja, a concrete example of spatial justice in action.In Seeking Spatial Justice, Soja argues that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution of resources, services, and access is a basic human right. Building on current concerns in critical geography and the new spatial consciousness, Soja interweaves theory and practice, offering new ways of understanding and changing the unjust geographies in which we live. After tracing the evolution of spatial justice and the closely related notion of the right to the city in the influential work of Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, and others, he demonstrates how these ideas are now being applied through a series of case studies in Los Angeles, the city at the forefront of this movement. Soja focuses on such innovative laborOCocommunity coalitions as Justice for Janitors, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and the Right to the City Alliance; on struggles for rent control and environmental justice; and on the role that faculty and students in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning have played in both developing the theory of spatial justice and putting it into practice.Effectively locating spatial justice as a theoretical concept, a mode of empirical analysis, and a strategy for social and political action, this book makes a significant contribution to the contemporary debates about justice, space, and the city."
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Reviews provided by Syndetics
CHOICE ReviewSoja (UCLA) presents the concept of spatial justice as a theory, a means of empirical analysis, and a strategic method for social and political action. His goal is to earn spatial analysis increased attention in the broader scholarship related to social justice and within the social sciences and humanities more generally. The author supports his concepts and analysis with extensive reference to case studies of community mobilization over spatially focused social justice issues in the Los Angeles, California, area, with a particular focus on a successful effort by community groups to improve bus service there. Soja also devotes a chapter to a discussion of the involvement of UCLA urban planners in local spatial justice initiatives in the Los Angeles region. The substantive theoretical focus will most likely be of primary use to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. For students and scholars of human geography, urban sociology, urban planning, and urban studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. E. Pfeifer Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
Author notes provided by SyndeticsEdward Soja was born in 1940. He received a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He was an urbanist and radical geographer who taught at UCLA and the London School of Economics. He wrote several books including Postmetropolis, Seeking Spatial Justice, and My Los Angeles. He died after a long illness on November 2, 2015.
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