Urban Conflicts

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Three sources of urban conflicts are identified: (1) changing state-city relationships; (2) the relationship between the dynamics of capitalist development and cities and (3) the specific dynamics of urban life and the urban environment where the city itself is seen as a causal variable. Two sets of questions cross-cut all three strands. The first addresses how violent conflicts can be regulated, transformed and rendered into more constructive non-violent conflicts through the processes of urban civil society. The second concerns how, why, and where urban conflicts turn violent and with what consequences. In summary cities now rival states as arenas and stakes in political conflict and urban conflicts have increasing transnational and transcultural salience which underlines the necessity for sustained comparative analyis
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
EditorsJames D Wright
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 2015


  • state-city relationships; capitalist dynamics; city as causal variable, violent and non-violent conflict; anti-urbanism; urban civil society, social inequalities, exemplar cities; surveillance; collective resistance; urban charisma; social disorganization, mega-cities; urban segregation; protest behaviour


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