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    Decentering the smart city

    Kitchin, Rob (2021) Decentering the smart city. Working Paper. The Programmable City Working Paper 45.

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    This short working paper provides a critique of the smart city and the alternative visions of its detractors, who seek a more just and equitable city. Drawing parallels with data activism and data justice, it is argued that two main approaches to recasting the smart city are being adopted: inverting the ethos and use of smart city technologies; and discontinuing and blocking their deployment. The case is made for decentring the smart city, moving away from the reification of technologies to frame and consider their work within the wider (re)production of social relations.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: This working paper is a pre-print of Kitchin, R. (in press) Afterword: Decentering the smart city. In Flynn, S. (ed) Equality in the City: Imaginaries of the Smart Future. Intellect, Bristol. The research for this chapter was supported by the H2020 European Research Council [ERC2012-AdG-323636-SOFTCITY].
    Keywords: smart city; technological solutionism; decentring; equality; justice; citizenship;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Item ID: 14646
    Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
    Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 16:06
    Publisher: The Programmable City Working Paper 45
    Funders: H2020 European Research Council
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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