Sanctuary cities and urban struggles

Rescaling migration, citizenship, and rights

Edited by Jonathan Darling and Harald Bauder

Sanctuary cities and urban struggles


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3491-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2019
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Refugees & political asylum, Municipal / city government, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, Law / Citizenship & nationality law, Society & social sciences / Migration, immigration & emigration, Human Geography


Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles makes the first sustained intervention into exploring how cities are challenging the primacy of the nation-state as the key guarantor of rights and entitlements. It brings together cutting-edge scholars of political geography, urban geography, citizenship studies, socio-legal studies and refugee studies to explore how urban social movements, localised practices of belonging and rights claiming, and diverse articulations of sanctuary are reshaping the governance of migration. By offering a collection of empirical cases and conceptualisations that move beyond 'seeing like a state', Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles proposes not a singular alternative but rather a set of interlocking sites and scales of political imagination and practice. In an era when migrant rights are under attack and nationalism is on the rise, the topic of how citizenship, rights and mobility can be recast at the urban scale is more relevant than ever.


1 Introduction: Sanctuary Cities and Urban Struggles: Rescaling Migration, Citizenship and Rights - Jonathan Darling and Harald Bauder

Part I: Sanctuary cities
2 Urban sanctuary in context - Harald Bauder
3 Uncovering sanctuary cities: between policy, practice, and politics - Janika Kuge
4 City of hope, city of fear: sanctuary and security in Toronto, Canada - Graham Hudson
5 Toronto's sanctuary city policy: rationale and barriers - Idil Atak
6 Sanctuary artivism: expanding geopolitical imaginations - Jen Bagelman

Part II: Urban struggles
7 Understanding local government's engagement in immigrant policymaking in the US - M. Anne Visser and Sheryl-Ann Simpson
8 Resisting the camp: migrants' squats as antithetical spaces in Athens' City Plaza - Valeria Raimondi
9 Re-scaling citizenship struggles in provincial urban England - Ben Rogaly
10 Sanctuary, presence, and the politics of urbanism - Jonathan Darling


Jonathan Darling is Associate Professor in Human Geography at Durham University

Harald Bauder is Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University, Canada

Sanctuary cities and urban struggles

Edited by Jonathan Darling, Harald Bauder

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