Excerpt from Nasser Abourahme (2013) ‘The street’ and ‘the slum’: Political form and urban life in Egypt’s revolt, (CITY 17.6) featuring ‘Prayer of Fear’ >>

Special offer free article download from the online Journal: Nasser Abourahme (2013) “Past the end, not yet at the beginning: On the revolutionary disjuncture in Egypt”; CITY 17.4, pages 426-432

Egypt today sits at a temporal disjuncture of revolutionary potential—already past a form of politics that has been overthrown but not yet near its replacement… (read more…)

See also: Endpiece to Issue 17.4 by CITY Editor-in-Chief Bob Catterall
Towards the Great Transformation: (8) Relocating Egypt and the West”. (Download full article (.PDF) here)

CC BY 2.0 Tents in Gezi Park/ Jennifer Hattam

CC BY 2.0 Tents in Gezi Park/ Jennifer Hattam

‘The March of Protest: A wave of anger is sweeping the cities of the world’ (The Economist)

Grass-roots protest  is, in some places at least, getting a good press at the moment. The apparent welcome from the The Economist is initially a little surprising. But is there something suspect about it? “Polticians beware”, they go on to assert. Though the tone seems disarming, the warning is more likely to lead to state and capital re-arming. Such re-arming may in some cases be subtle, tactical, with palatable reforms but nevertheless ones backed by increased surveillance, policing and military re-tooling. What will it take to come up with an actual March of Protest, rather than the one that  The Economist seems to offer?

- Brazilian cities: From “spring’s” promises to winter’s disappointing reality, by Marcelo Lopes de Souza
- The Big Picture, by Peter Marcuse
- Past the end, not yet at the beginning: On the revolutionary disjuncture in Egypt, by Nasser Abourahme
- Readjusting to reality 2: Transition, by Adrian Atkinson and Julie Viloria


CITY Olympics special feature The London Olympics: contributors to this special feature in CITY explore London and other World Cities alongside the Olympics, as a specific yet incredibly influential transnational phenomenon; it’s corporate, military/securitised and class-conflict-dimensions.
- Editorial: ‘The Olympics, London – and Totalitarianism?’
– Interview: Games Monitor: Undermining the hype of the London Olympics, by Andrea Gibbons and Nick Wolff
- Olympics 2012 security: Welcome to lockdown London, by Stephen Graham
- See also: Class-ifying London: Questioning social division and space claims in the post-industrial metropolis, by Mark Davidson and Elvin Wyley.


In the first two parts of a new series, CITY looks at the work of artist / filmmaker Patrick Keiller “The Robinson Institute” at the Tate Britain, London in relation to urban studies and political geography; its critique of the urbanization and possibilities for a rediscovering of nature and the commons…
– Towards the Great Transformation: (1) Beyond ‘the urban revolution’
- Towards the great transformation: (2) Nature, Marx’s ‘Old Mole’, and ‘Robinson’

- Visit the Tate website for details about the exhibition…


The Occupy Wall Street movement has inspired occupations of public space by citizens in towns and cities all over the world – in response to the intensification of inhumane, neoliberal policies everywhere sacrificing 99% of people for the profits of the 1%. Following on from the hugely successful mass mobilization of the indignados in Spain, which occupied central plaza’s all over the country; and the same display of mass resistance in Syntagma Square in Greece, or Tahrir Square in Egypt, and beyond… read more >>
See also on OWS on our website:
- “We are not commodities” – debating the future of occupy
- WHAT SPACE TO OCCUPY IN NEW YORK: A Two-Site Solution?, by Peter Marcuse
- The purpose of the occupation movement and the danger of fetishizing space, by Peter Marcuse
- Open letter to: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, et al., by Peter Marcuse

Message from the Editor

City’s success derives from its distinctive mission. What other urban studies journal is able to appeal to researchers, activists and policy makers in equal measure? City has somehow managed to build much needed bridges between these communities. It enables conversations to occur between all those committed to a socially just and ecologically sane vision of city life. If City did not exist, you’d have to invent it.” (Professor Noel Castree, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester, UK)[i] City was originally founded as a journal with the distinctive mission (see Journal) that Castree defines – to bridge the gaps between urban researchers, activists and policy-makers – but also to reach a wider audience. The latter mission was to reach out beyond these three groups on its ‘home’ planet, in terms of the language of space travel, to ‘intelligent life outside.’ Read more…