Imbibing neoliberalism

Henri, Tom. 2015. Imbibing neoliberalism. In: Tom Henri and Sophie Fuggle, eds. Return to the Street. London: Pavement Books, pp. 219-230. ISBN 978-0957147058 [Book Section]

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This chapter is an attempt to pop the cap on how we might begin to consider popular notions of street drinkers and what these representations potentially inform us about social control in the public thoroughfares of the contemporary city. I focus on the London neighbourhood of Deptford, not as an idealised type, but as one example of how the processes of urban regeneration can be analysed through the presence of street drinkers. This analysis serves as a compass for understanding contemporary anxieties about urban redevelopment. The conclusion is that urban renewal in the neoliberal form of gentrification, cyclic decay and renewal, is a process which places controls on both who is and who is not permitted to drink in public spaces and relies on competing notions of street drinking subjectivities in order to enact its cyclic processes.

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7 March 2015Published

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10 Mar 2015 15:32

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