Theorising Neighbourhood Inequality: The Things We Do With Theory, The Things it Does To Us
Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change
This chapter traces the author’s engagement with theories of urban studies alongside her practice in James Cayce Homes, a public housing project in Nashville, TN (USA), slated for demolition. Reflecting on her intellectual engagement with three theoretical perspectives—structural, social-process, and post-structural—she considers how each approach revealed and obscured understandings of the lived experiences and possibilities in Cayce Homes. Drawing from her own experience, she questions what scholars in geography and urban studies do with theory, what theory does to us, and what it does to the people and places with whom we engage.
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Thurber, A. (2017). Theorising neighbourhood inequality: The things we do with theory, the things it does to us. In N. Wise & J. Clark (Eds.), Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change. Routledge.