(Anglo)phoning home from Berlin: a response to Alan Latham.
European Urban and Regional Studies, 13(4) pp. 371–376.
Alan Latham criticizes recent Anglophone writing on Berlin for reflecting a consensus position, which explains urban development with the help of a template defined by globalizing neo-liberalism. In some respects the points he makes are helpful. Berlin has been actively repositioned and re-imagined through an ambivalent process of 'normalization', which cannot be reduced to the rolling out of some global norm. However, there is a danger in this approach that Berlin is presented as somehow immune from the pressures of neo-liberalism and as providing the template of an alternative (European social-democratic) model.
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