Globalized Authoritarianism. Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco

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A rich investigation into Morocco’s urban politics by Prof. dr. Koenraad Bogaert published by Minnesota Press.

Over the past thirty years, megaprojects have transformed Morocco’s urban centers into laboratories of capital accumulation, political dominance, and social control. Showing how Morocco’s experiences helped produce new forms of globalization, Koenraad Bogaert offers a bridge between in-depth issues of Middle Eastern studies and broader questions of power, class, and capital as they continue to evolve in the twenty-first century. 

"Globalized Authoritarianism is a must-read for scholars and political organizers interested in urban neoliberal politics in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. Exploring political change through the frame of the city, Koenraad Bogaert traces how the geopolitical concept of the urban comes to take a central place in class and biopolitics in contemporary Morocco, a major shift since the 1970s and an elite response to heightened social struggle from below. Bogaert brilliantly synthesizes Marxist literatures and their critics to show how the urban becomes a central arena of social struggle in a neoliberal period that continues to haunt and afflict the living long past its heyday."

Ahmed Kanna, author of Dubai: The City as Corporation