Neighborhoods and Civic Practice

Martin Horak and Talja Blokland

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Neighborhoods and Civic Practice


This article analyses the relevance of the concepts of neighborhoods and civic practice in relation to urban politics. It examines how the democratic potential of neighborhoods and the realities of sociospatial inequality can be reconciled, and highlights the interplay between policy, agency, and inequality at the neighborhood level. The article also explores the three perspectives on neighborhood politics through a comparative historical analysis of empirical developments and academic work in the United States and Europe.

Keywords: neighborhoods; civic practice; urban politics; sociospatial inequality; neighborhood politics; United States; Europe

Article.  8435 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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