Description - Social Justice and Neoliberalism by Adrian Smith
The continuing expansion of neoliberalism into ever more spaces and spheres of life has profound implications for social justice. Despite the number of policies designed to target `social exclusion', people in many communities continue to be marginalized by economic restructuring.
Social Justice and Neoliberalism explores the connections between neoliberalism, social justice and exclusion. The authors raise critical questions about the extent to which neoliberal programmes are able to deliver social justice in different locations around the world. The book offers grounded, theoretically oriented, empirically rich analysis that critiques neoliberalism while understanding its material impacts. It also stresses the need to extend analyses beyond the dominant spheres of capitalism to look at the ways in which communities resist and remake the economic and social order, through contestation and protest but also in their everyday lives.
Global in scope, this book brings together writers who examine these themes in the global South, the former `communist' East and the West, using the experience of marginal peoples, places and communities to challenge our conceptions of capitalism and its geographies.
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Author Biography - Adrian Smith
Adrian Smith is Professor of Human Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. He has worked extensively over the last 16 years on the economic and social geographies of transformations from state socialism in East-Central Europe, involving a number of externally-funded research projects and resulting in three books, including Reconstructing the Regional Economy (1998), Theorising Transition (with John Pickles, 1998) and Work, Employment and Transition (with Al Rainnie and Adam Swain, 2002). He has been an editor of Regional Studies and will be an editor of European Urban and Regional Studies from 2009.Alison Stenning is Reader in Economic and Social Geography in the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies at Newcastle University. She has been involved in researching household and community economies in Poland and Slovakia, the remaking of European steel communities, the politics of urban development in Auschwitz, post-accession labour migration from central Europe to the UK and the transformation of gender and work in Poland. Her work has been published in a number of sociology and geography journals, ind she edited (with Mike Bradshaw) East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union: The Post-Socialist States (2004). Katie Willis is Reader in Development Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research focuses on social differentiation in processes of migration, urbanization and health sector reform. Her main publications include Theories and Practices of Development (2005); Gender and Migration (with Brenda Yeoh, 2000); Challenges and Change in Middle America: (with Cathy McIlwaine, 2002) and State/Nation/Transnation (with Brenda Yeoh, 2004). She is editor of Geoforum and International Development Planning Review.