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Comparative Urbanism: Tactics for Global Urban Studies

Author/EditorRobinson, J (Author)
ISBN: 9781119697558
Pub Date11/08/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages464
Dimensions (mm)226(h) * 152(w) * 31(d)
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This innovative volume offers new methodological foundations for global urban studies.



Proposes the reformatting of comparative practice to provoke new conceptualizations and contribute to more inclusive analytical conversations
Focuses both on revising existing theories and inventing new concepts for global urban studies, drawing on an array of theoretical and empirical resources
Provides a novel approach to urban studies, open to different urban experiences around the world
Features a wealth of rich examples of the many dimensions of global urban life
Presents a range of methodological tactics informed by postcolonial critiques of urban studies and by theoretical and philosophical understandings of the radical revisability and emergent nature of concepts of the urban

This innovative volume offers new methodological foundations for global urban studies.



Proposes the reformatting of comparative practice to provoke new conceptualizations and contribute to more inclusive analytical conversations
Focuses both on revising existing theories and inventing new concepts for global urban studies, drawing on an array of theoretical and empirical resources
Provides a novel approach to urban studies, open to different urban experiences around the world
Features a wealth of rich examples of the many dimensions of global urban life
Presents a range of methodological tactics informed by postcolonial critiques of urban studies and by theoretical and philosophical understandings of the radical revisability and emergent nature of concepts of the urban

Jennifer Robinson is Professor of Human Geography, University College London, UK. She is the author of Ordinary Cities, a seminal work which developed a postcolonial critique of urban studies. Her empirical research in South Africa examined the history of apartheid cities and the politics of post-apartheid city-visioning, while her comparative research has considered urban development politics in London, Shanghai and Johannesburg, and transnational circuits shaping African urbanisation.

Series Editors' Preface Preface ix Introduction 1 Part I Reformatting Comparison 23 1 Ways of Knowing the Global Urban 25 Uncertain Territories, 'Strategic Essentialisms': Regions, the Global South and beyond 27 The Disappearing City: Planetary Urbanisation and its Critics 35 Decolonial, Developmental, Emergent: Different Starting Points, or Incomparability? 41 Dimensions of a Comparative Urban Imagination 47 Conclusion 50 2 The Limits of Comparative Methodologies in Urban Studies 53 Some Analytical Limits to the 'World' of Cities: Beyond Incommensurability 54 Conventional Strategies for Comparison in Urban Studies 57 The Potential of Comparative Research 69 Conclusion 76 3 Comparative Urbanism in the Archives: Thinking with Variety, Thinking with Connections 79 Expanding the Comparative Gesture 80 Thinking with Variety 83 Stretching Comparisons: Thinking with Connections 91 Conclusion 104 4 Thinking Cities through Elsewhere: Reformatting Comparison 107 Thinking with Concrete Totalities 108 Singularities, Repeated Instances, Concepts 119 Genetic and Generative Grounds for Urban Comparisons 125 Conclusion: From Grounds to Tactics 128 Part II Genetic Comparisons 135 5 Connections 137 Connections as Urbanisation Processes 138 Connections Producing Repeated Instances 146 Every Case Matters 154 Conclusion 159 6 Relations 161 Wider Processes 164 Urban Neoliberalisation, Comparatively 171 Connected Contexts 186 More Spatialities of the Urban: Topologies, Partial Connections, Submarine Relations 191 Conclusion 195 Part III Generative Comparisons 199 7 Generating Concepts 201 The Conceptualising Subject: Institutions, Horizons, Grounds 204 A Life of Concepts: Ideal Types 217 Thinking the 'Concrete' 230 Negotiated Universals: Concepts 'In-common' 235 Conclusion 243 8 Composing Comparisons 247 Working with 'Conjuncture' 249 Conceptualising from Specificity 263 Thinking across Diversity 271 Conclusion 276 9 Conversations 279 Shifting Grounds: Comparison as Practice 280 Comparison as Conversations 284 Theoretical Reflections 292 Mobile Concepts, or 'Arriving at' Concepts 295 Conclusion 301 Part IV Thinking from the Urban as Distinctive 305 10 Territories 307 Thinking from Territories 308 Which Territorialisations? 312 Assembling Territories 320 Conclusion 325 11 Into the Territory, or, the Urban as Idea 329 Detachment 331 Suturing 336 Standstill 340 Ideas 346 Informality, as Idea 357 Conclusion 362 Conclusion: Starting Anywhere, Thinking with (Elsew)here 369 A Reformatted Urban Comparison 370 Conceptualisation 376 An Explosion of Urban Studies 383 References 387 Index 441

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