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From actor to avatar: The place of mayors in theories of urban governance

Jayne, Mark 2011. From actor to avatar: The place of mayors in theories of urban governance. Geography Compass 5 (11) , pp. 801-810. 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2011.00452.x

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In contrast to political and social science writing geographers have been ambivalent about the efficacy of studying mayors in order to advance urban theory. Geographers’ engaged in studying urban governance have generally disavowed the relevance of theoretical and empirical engagement with specific actors and institutions in their consideration of space, scale and state strategy. Here I show that current theoretical developments nonetheless signpost the possibilities of a shift from an ambivalent view of mayor as ‘actor’, to a situation where consideration of mayor as ‘avatar’ offers useful ways of contributing to understanding of the abstract and complex spatialities of territorial and relational urban worlds.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1749-8198
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 02:56

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