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Global Urbanism
Knowledge, Power and the City

ISBN 9780367745349
Published June 22, 2021 by Routledge
370 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global Urbanism is an experimental examination of how urban scholars and activists make sense of, and act upon, the foundational relationship between the ‘global’ and the ‘urban’.

What does it mean to say that we live in a global-urban moment, and what are its implications? Refusing all-encompassing answers, the book grounds this question, exploring the plurality of understandings, definitions, and ways of researching global urbanism through the lenses of varied contributors from different parts of the world. The contributors explore what global urbanism means to them, in their context, from the ground and the struggles upon which they are working and living. The book argues for an incremental, fragile and in-the-making emancipatory urban thinking. The contributions provide the resources to help make sense of what global urbanism is in its varieties, what’s at stake in it, how to research it, and what needs to change for more progressive urban futures. It provides a heterodox set of approaches and theorisations to probe and provoke rather than aiming to draw a line under a complex, changing and profoundly contested set of global-urban processes.

Global Urbanism is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students in geography, sociology, planning, anthropology and the field of urban studies, for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines and practices which converge in the study of urbanism.

Chapter 36 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

1. Navigating the global-urban - Lancione and McFarlane

2. Rethinking global urbanisms

2. Thinking urban grammars: An interview with Ash Amin

3. Decentering global urbanism: An interview with Ananya Roy

4. Hinterlands of the Capitalocene

Neil Brenner and Nikos Katsikis

5. Making space for queer desire in global urbanism

Gavin Brown and Dhiren Borisa

6. Seeing like an Italian city: questioning global urbanism from an “in-between space” in Turin

Francesca Governa

7. Theorising from where? Reflections on De-centring Global (Southern) Urbanism

Hyun Bang Shin

8. Globalizing Postsocialist Urbanism

Liviu Chelcea, Slavomíra Ferenčuhová and Gruia Bădescu

9. Beyond the Noosphere? Northern England’s ‘Left Behind’ Urbanism

John Flint and Ryan Powell

10. Footnote urbanism: the missing East in (not so) global urbanism

Martin Müller

11. Comparative urbanism and global urban studies: theorising the urban 

Jennifer Robinson

3. Everyday global urbanisms

12. Global Urbanism Inside/Out: Thinking Through Jakarta

Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard

13. Tiwa’s morning

Grace Adeniyi-Ogunyankin and Linda Peake

14. “Out there, over the hills, on the other side of the tracks”: a horizon of the global urban 

AbdouMaliq Simone

15. Constructing the Southeast Asian Ascent: Global Vertical Urbanisms of Brick and Sand

William Jamieson, Katherine Brickell, Nithya Natarajan and Laurie Parsons

16. Nairobi City, Streets and Stories: Young lives stay in place while going global through digital stages

Tatiana Thieme

17. Rethinking global urbanism from a ‘fripe’ marketplace in Tunis

Katharina Grüneisl

18. Liminal spaces and resistance in Mexico City: towards an everyday global urbanism

Alicia Lindón

19. Death and the City. Necrological Notes from Kinshasa

Filip De Boeck

20. Pathways toward a dialectical urbanism: thinking with the contingencies of crisis, care and Capitalism

Suraya Scheba

21. Global self-urbanism: self-organisation amidst the regulatory crisis and uneven urban citizenship

Francesco Chiodelli and Margherita Grazioli

4. Governing global urbanisms

22. Unlocking political potentialities

Edgar Pieterse

23. Climate Changed Urbanism?

Harriet Bulkeley, Laura Tozer and Emma Lecavalier

24. The global urban condition and politics of thermal metabolics: the chilling prospect of killer heat

Simon Marvin

25. On the deployment of scientific knowledge for the new urbanism of the Anthropocene

Vanesa Castán Broto

26. Global cities and bioeconomy of health innovation

Donald McNeill

27. Hacking the Urban Code: Notes on Durational Imagination in City-Making 

Swati Chattopadhyay

28. Global Urbanism: urban governance innovation in/for a world of cities

Pauline McGuirk

29. Corridor Urbanism

Jonathan Silver

30. Beyond-the-network Urbanism: Everyday Infrastructures in States of Mutation

Yaffa Truelove

31. Still construction and already ruin

Mariana Cavalcanti

32. The Migration of Spaces: Monumental Urbanism Beyond Materiality

Morten Nielsen

33. Land as situated spatio-histories: A dialogue with Global Urbanism

Wing Shing Tang and Solomon Benjamin

5. Contesting global urbanism

34. Women organising, advocacy and Indian cities in-between informal dwelling and informal economies: and interview with SEWA’s Renana Jhabvala

35. From a Neapolitan perspective, reaching out beyond prevailing cultural models: an interview with Emma Ferulano

36. Urban struggles and theorising from Eastern European cities: a collective interview with Ana Vilenica, Ioana Florea, Veda Popovici and Zsuzsi Pósfai

37. Planning, community spaces and youth urban futures: from Accra, in conversation with Victoria Okoye and Yussif Larry Aminu

38. A Counter-Dominant Global Urbanism? Experiments from Lebanon

Mona Harb

39. Living in the city beyond housing: urbanism of the commons

Belen Desmaison

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Michele Lancione is Professor of Geography at the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He is a member of the Common Front for Housing Rights (Bucharest), co-founder and editor of the Radical Housing Journal and corresponding editor at IJURR. His work focuses on radical forms of inhabitation and housing struggles (through a five-year European Research Council project) and the politics of life at the margins in the contemporary urban.

Colin McFarlane is Professor of Geography at Durham University, United Kingdom. His current work is on the politics and experience of urban densities (through a European Research Council project), the relationship between urban waste and life in the city, thinking the city through the idea of the fragment and the potentials for urban equalities (through a Global Challenges Research Fund project led by University College London).


"Part comprehensive kaleidoscope, part exhaustive catalogue, part praxis-based provocation, this collection of present-day urban thought is a powerful wellspring producing generative modes of explanation of what urban life entails in the 21st century. Global Urbanism will serve as a guidepost for how we reflect about and act upon urbanization for the foreseeable future." 

Professor Roger Keil, York University, Canada