Urban 'depletion through social reproduction': introducing neighbourhood organisations and urban governance as arenase of depletion

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    The satisfaction of human needs of deprived urban populations in Europe is under pressure. The state plays an essential role in satisfying the needs of urban inhabitants, especially in areas of concentrated disadvantage. However, a decade of austerity urbanism diminished the capacity of public and social institutions to provide their services. This paper combines research in various European disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods with the ‘depletion through social reproduction’ framework, which states that depletion occurs when the time and energy demands of social reproduction cannot be replenished. Moreover, I introduce neighbourhood organisations and urban governance as specific arenas of depletion. In this way, the paper proposes a research agenda in which the interactions between individuals, communities, and institutions shape the capabilities of urban populations to satisfy their reproductive needs. It proposes the idea that urban social reproduction, satisfied through unpaid and paid work, formal and informal activities, and public and private institutions, can reveal new understandings of urban lives, spaces and dynamics. The aim of this framework is to enable perspectives to create just cities beyond traditional means of fighting inequality.
    Event titleUrban struggles across the globe: Encountering and countering the state in the city
    Event typeConference
    LocationNijmegen, NetherlandsShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • social reproduction
    • depletion
    • urban geography
    • urban studies
    • neighbourhood
    • governance