Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48Public art is on the urban agenda. Given recent claims about the importance of creativity to urban prosperity, opportunities for installing or performing art in the city have multiplied. As cities strive to appear culturally dynamic, the stakes of artistic production rise higher than ever. Exploring the interaction between art and the public in Canadian cities, Urban Encounters features writing by artists, architects, curators, anthropolo- gists, geographers, and urban studies specialists. They show how people and places affect the structure and content of public artworks, what kinds of urban spaces and socialities are generated through art, and how to investigate and interpret encounters between art and its viewers in the city. Discussing a variety of art forms, including mobile cinemas, street improvisation, audiovi- sual investigations, and assembled objects, the contributors treat public art- works not just as aesthetic installations, but as agents that participate in the social and cultural evolution of cities. Using original, hands-on approaches, Urban Encounters reveals how art in the urban public space generates encounters that can transform both the city itself and the ways that people relate to it. Martha Radice is associate professor of sociology and social anthropology at Dalhousie University. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Victoria. As Middle Eastern cities enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, they face a number of challenges to their economic resilience, competitive- ness, and internal stability. In this uniquely tense realm for the urban public, an understanding of the dynamics of decision-making processes, citizen power, and the rule of law is critical to the direction of policy in the future. In Order and Disorder, Luna Khirfan weaves a cross-national compari- son of Amman and Cairo that dissects the many layers and complexities of urban governance. Through case studies on a diverse array of development projects and their associated challenges, Khirfan demonstrates how three actors – the state, the market, and civil society – interact with each other within the same urban political space. First, she argues that interplay be- tween the state and civil society reveals the potential of urban majorities and the discords within current participatory planning. She then delves into the neoliberal dynamics between the state and the market, stressing the impact of economic push and pull factors on urban landscapes. Lastly, she explains why the market’s relationship with civil society oscillates between exclusion and alienation. Throughout the book, Khirfan identifies the role of an authoritarian bargain in governing every one of these interactions. In light of current regional political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, Order and Disorder offers an arena for extrapolating lessons from urban governance to the wider political sphere. Luna Khirfan is associate professor of urban planning at the University of Waterloo. 3 2 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Culture of Cities May 2017 978-0-7735-5006-3 $37.95A CDN, $37.95A US, £33.00 paper 978-0-7735-5005-6 $110.00S CDN, $110.00S US, £95.00 cloth 6.25 x 9.25 304pp 75 photos, colour section eBook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queen’s Studies in Urban Governance May 2017 978-0-7735-4975-3 $34.95A CDN, $32.95A US, £27.99 paper 978-0-7735-4974-6 $110.00S CDN, $110.00S US, £95.00 cloth 6 x 9 288pp 3 photos, 2 tables eBook available Urban Encounters Art and the Public edited by martha radice and alexandrine boudreault- fournier Exploring how art and the public interact in cities. P O L I T I C A L S T U D I E S • U R B A N P L A N N I N G C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S • A N T H R O P O L O G Y Order and Disorder Urban Governance and the Making of Middle Eastern Cities edited by luna khirfan An exploration of the dynamics between the state, the market, and civil society in Middle Eastern cities.