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Remaking the Nation-State: Multiculturalism, Neoliberalism, and Urban Revitalization

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dc.contributor.advisor Mongia, Radhika
dc.creator Rosa, Vanessa Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-26T14:16:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-26T14:16:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-06-04
dc.date.issued 2015-01-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/28179
dc.description.abstract My dissertation, Remaking the Nation-State: Multiculturalism, Neoliberalism, and Urban Revitalization, investigates the revitalization of two low-income housing projects in Toronto, Canada: Regent Park and Lawrence Heights. I situate my investigation at the intersection of nation-state/nationalism studies and urban studies and argue that processes of urban revitalization are an important site for the production of national identity and state practices. I examine links between revitalization projects and the construction of the Canadian nation-state by tracing how discourses of multiculturalism and neoliberalism gain currency in urban revitalization projects. In particular, I investigate the links between historical urban processes of development and revitalization and North American projects of nation-state formation. I explore this entanglement by tracing what I identify as three distinct technologies that shape and are embedded in the revitalization planning process: discourses of diversity, surveillance, and consultations. I argue that the emphasis on participation of both culturally diverse and entrepreneurial subjects in community consultations and community policing integrates residents into rituals of democracy that are enmeshed with national ideals. My investigation maps this set of social processes to show how they ultimately reproduce exclusion and disparity by regulating diversity, normalizing community policing, and mandating consultations. Through my ethnographic research, I also trace how residents negotiate these processes and make meaning of participation that creates space for their own understandings of surveillance and consultation. My exploration locates the Canadian context in relation to broader examinations of nation-state making and as such can help us to understand the management of sociocultural difference and the neoliberal production of inequality in the contemporary moment.
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject Sociology
dc.subject Ethnic studies
dc.subject Urban planning
dc.title Remaking the Nation-State: Multiculturalism, Neoliberalism, and Urban Revitalization
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.degree.discipline Sociology
dc.degree.name PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.degree.level Doctoral
dc.date.updated 2015-01-26T14:16:18Z
dc.subject.keywords Ontario en_US
dc.subject.keywords Urban studies en_US
dc.subject.keywords Urban sociology en_US
dc.subject.keywords Cities en_US
dc.subject.keywords City en_US
dc.subject.keywords Urban planning en_US
dc.subject.keywords Multiculturalism en_US
dc.subject.keywords Neoliberalism en_US
dc.subject.keywords Race en_US
dc.subject.keywords Class en_US
dc.subject.keywords Segregation en_US
dc.subject.keywords North America en_US
dc.subject.keywords Canada en_US
dc.subject.keywords Ethnography en_US
dc.subject.keywords Qualitative research en_US
dc.subject.keywords Citizenship en_US
dc.subject.keywords Consultation en_US
dc.subject.keywords Mixed-income housing en_US
dc.subject.keywords Revitalization en_US
dc.subject.keywords Redevelopment en_US
dc.subject.keywords Urban development en_US
dc.subject.keywords Nation en_US
dc.subject.keywords Nation-state en_US
dc.subject.keywords Nationalism en_US
dc.subject.keywords State en_US
dc.subject.keywords Government en_US
dc.subject.keywords Urban policy en_US
dc.subject.keywords Urban politics en_US

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