Minimum city? The deeper impacts of the ‘super-rich’ on urban life

Rowland Atkinson, Roger Burrows, Luna Glucksberg, Hang Kei Ho, Caroline Knowles, David Rhodes

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This chapter offers an analysis of the spatial distribution of the wealthy in London and considers how their pronounced growth has affected neighbourhood life and the social politics of London. These changes entwine with ideological commitments to welcome capital and the rich, while at the same time, investments and commitments in the public sphere diminish. We thereby consider the lived impacts of these shifts at a time when the city faces one of the worst social crises in generations. We describe this political conjunction and its associated socio-spatial formations as a ‘minimum city’ in which growing abundance among the few moves the city away from collective provision, social justice and inclusive urban spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Cities and the super-rich: real estate, elite practices and urban political economies
EditorsRay Forrest, Sin Yee Koh, Bart Wissink
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date1 Mar 2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-55715-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-54834-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology

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