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Landscape of DiscontentUrban Sustainability in Immigrant Paris$
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Andrew Newman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816689620

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816689620.001.0001

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To Watch and Be Watched

To Watch and Be Watched

Urban Design, Vigilance, and Contested Streets

(p.135) 5 To Watch and Be Watched
Landscape of Discontent

Andrew Newman

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 5 examines how group of various groups concerned citizens are increasingly adopting the surveillance and watching role traditionally used by state authorities. Such vigilance is a double-edged sword, as it can lead to disempowerment of fellow residents (especially immigrant origin youth) or itself be a way to maintain and inclusive space. Ultimately, gentrifying cities such as Paris reveal themselves to be spaces where middle-class resident’s “right to the city” rests on their willingness and capacity to keep watch of their neighbors. I argue this form of surveillance society, though decidedly low-tech is far more insidious than the more widely publicized imposition of surveillance camera’s and other technological forms of control.

Keywords:   Paris, sustainable urban design, green architecture, urban nature, sustainable city, contested city, green gentrification, immigration in Europe, social movements, political ecology

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