'Throwntogetherness' in hostile environments: migration and the remaking of urban citizenship

Gawlewicz, A. and Yiftachel, O. (2022) 'Throwntogetherness' in hostile environments: migration and the remaking of urban citizenship. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 26(2-3), pp. 346-358. (doi: 10.1080/13604813.2022.2056350)

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In this paper, we set a framework for the Special Feature on urban living together by highlighting the main forces which, we contend, have significantly reshaped urban citizenship in recent times. Nearly two decades after the formulation of Doreen Massey’s influential concept of ‘throwntogetherness’, we engage it in a conversation with differing, often contrasting, urban realities. Throwntogetherness highlights the making of urban space through fluidity, openness and diversity within a ‘power geometry’ of global neoliberalism. We analyse the concept’s engagement with recent countervailing forces, in particular neo-nationalism and the digitisation of the city. These forces have mobilised a range of ‘hostile environment’ policies towards migrant, indigenous and marginalized communities, propelling practices of bordering, denial of rights, housing displacement and exclusion. The new assemblage of forces, we further argue, intensify the dialectic tension between throwntogetherness and ‘thrownapartness’ and increasingly lead to ‘urban apartheid’ in cities across the globe. We draw on contributions to the Special Feature which engage with these tensions in Bologna, Rome, Singapore, Glasgow, Budapest, Jerusalem/Al-Quds and Dhaka. These case studies illustrate the re-making of urban citizens throwntogether and thrownapart in contemporary hostile environments.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Anna Gawlewicz gratefully acknowledges the support of the Urban Studies Foundation (under Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2017–2020) and the University of Glasgow Urban Studies Research Incentivisation Fund.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gawlewicz, Dr Anna
Authors: Gawlewicz, A., and Yiftachel, O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-3629
Published Online:20 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 26(2-3): 346-358
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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