1st Edition

Global Urbanism Knowledge, Power and the City

Edited By Michele Lancione, Colin McFarlane Copyright 2021
    370 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    370 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429259593

    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


    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

    "For critical urban thinkers, Lancione and McFarlane’s book poses an urgent prompt: ‘global urbanism’. In seeking scholarly responses, the editors facilitate for its primary readers—graduate students, pedagogues, and scholars of urban inquiry—room for them to sit and work with many voices and stories of urbanisms worldwide."

    Chan Arun-Pina, Urbanisation