Mapping Workers’ Councils, 1917-1927 has launched a very interesting initiative to map workers’ councils as they spread across Europe and beyond in the years following the 1917 revolutions in Russia. Each case includes a reference to articles or books where more information can be found. The project has just begun and the team is still working on the largest data set, territories from the former Russian Empire. Despite the omissions this is an extremely helpful research resource, as it allows to visualize the geography and history or working-class autonomy, the regional and urban bases thereof and their relation to industrial development and the production of alternative territorialities, amongst others — I am looking forward to new updates. Contributions are welcome, more information here.

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Renta per cápita en Madrid, 2013

El Ayuntamiento de Madrid ha publicado un estudio tremendamente útil con los datos de renta per cápita desagregados por sección censal, un indicador imprescindible que hasta la fecha era de difícil acceso para los años más recientes. Los datos de base son de 2013 y ofrecen una radiografía de la desigualdad urbana bajo la Gran Recesión. El estudio completo incluye mapas generales y por distritos y se encuentra aquí; ahí va la presentación del mismo:

El Ayuntamiento de Madrid, en el desarrollo de programas para la Regeneración Urbana, ha detectado la necesidad de contar con un indicador de renta per cápita a un nivel de desagregación espacial mucho más detallado del que supone el distrito municipal.

Actualmente el Departamento de Datos Estadísticos del Área de Gobierno de Economía y Hacienda publica anualmente las cuentas macroeconómicas municipales, que disponen de una batería cada vez más completa de ficheros de microdatos, tanto de origen municipal como de otras administraciones públicas, cuya explotación viene resultando extraordinariamente útil para la delimitación y caracterización de las Áreas de Regeneración Urbana. Partiendo de estos datos ha sido factible elaborar un indicador de renta per cápita para estas Áreas.

De ahí que, con la plena colaboración del Departamento de Datos Estadísticos y el apoyo adicional de la Vicerrectoría de Investigación de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), que también ha participado en la elaboración de las cuentas municipales, se haya abordado la tarea de estimar este indicador.

En este contexto, uno de los trabajos que se llevaron a cabo para validar la fiabilidad de las estimaciones adoptadas, ha sido el del cálculo de la renta per cápita de todas y cada una de las secciones censales vigentes en 2013 y son los resultados de esta validación los que constituyen el núcleo central del trabajo que se presenta.


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Spatial Justice and Indigenous Rights

Path to the Possible

Just out: the latest issue of Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice, guest edited by Béatrice Collignon and Irène Hirt, on Spatial Justice and Indigenous People.

It is freely accessible (and fully bilingual) here:


Philippe GERVAIS-LAMBONY | Frédéric DUFAUX | Aurélie QUENTIN

1. Claiming Space to Claim for Justice: the Indigenous Peoples‘ Geographical Agenda
Béatrice Collignon | Irène Hirt

2. Urban Protected Areas: Forces of justice or injustice for Indigenous popula-tions? The cases of Xochimilco and the national parks of Mumbai and Cape Town
Frédéric Landy | Nadia Belaidi | Karl-Heinz Gaudry Sada

3. Right to and on the City. The case of the American Indians of the San Francisco Bay Area
Benjamin Leclère

4. Spatial Justice and Indigenous Peoples’ Protection of Sacred Places: Adding Indigenous Dimensions to the Conversation
June Lorenzo

5. Land and indigenous territories in the Bolivian Amazon: full but imperfect spatial justice?

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The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting,204,203,200_.jpg

Alex Vasudevan’s much awaited new book will be out next month with Verso:

A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city, The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver […] via Alexander Vasudevan, The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting – Verso — Progressive Geographies

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Landscape struggles, environmental hegemonies and the politics of urban design

In a previous post I announced the publication of a new article about Central Park in Environment and Planning D, this time focusing on the governmental and strategic role of the park’s schemein the context of local struggles to consolidate or challenge existing hegemonies. For that purpose I elaborated a theoretical framework around the concept of ‘environmental hegemony’ drawing on the work of Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault, which emphasizes the responsibility of technical interventions in the forge of regulatory apparatuses, integral state formations and subjectivity projects.

The Society and Space website has now published a companion piece where I expand some of the theoretical and historical arguments of the article with a more general reflection about the political horizon of design disciplines.

What would a Central Park designed by proletarians look like? How would such a subaltern landscape differ from the creatures of nineteenth-century bourgeois pastoral taste that we have come to identify with urban nature? Would Manhattan’s structure and social space have been radically changed by such a historical detour? Landscape and New York City scholars…

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Elden’s Foucault: The Birth of Power

Foucault: The Birth of Power is now available worldwide. The book is published by Polity, and the design fits with Foucault’s Last Decade which came out in 2016. There is a lot about Foucault’s political activism in this second book, so the covers make a nice contrasting pair. More information on the two books here. […]

a través de Foucault: The Birth of Power now available worldwide — Progressive Geographies

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Our latest issue and a video abstract – “Prefiguring the State”

The March 2017 issue of Antipode is out now (and available online here). This is the second of our new-look issues; when we launched them in January we said that “…while we look different, we continue to push Geography’s radical and critical edge in a number of ways, many of which will be familiar, inspired as they are by Marxist, socialist, anarchist, anti-racist, anticolonal, feminist, queer, trans*, green, and postcolonial thought. Others, however, will be less so given that we are also committed to the new, the innovative, the creative, and the heretofore unthought radical edges of spatial theorisation and analysis”, and Antipode 49(2) blends the familiar and the not so with aplomb.

Engagement in a Public Forum: Knowledge, Action, and Cosmopolitanism by Jennifer F. Brewer, Natalie Springuel, James Wilson, Robin Alden, Dana Morse, Catherine Schmitt, Chris Bartlett, Teresa Johnson, Carla Guenther and Damian Brady;

The Evolution of Neoliberal…

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