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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   5. Making space for queer desire in global urbanism   6. Seeing like an Italian city: questioning global urbanism from an “in-between space” in Turin  7. Theorising from where? Reflections on De-centring Global (Southern) Urbanism   8. Postsocialist Cities: A Comparative Urbanism Research Agenda  9. Beyond the Noosphere? Northern England’s ‘Left Behind’ Urbanism   10. Footnote urbanism: the missing East in (not so) global urbanism   11. Comparative urbanism and global urban studies: theorising the urban  3. Everyday global urbanisms  12. Global Urbanism Inside/Out: Thinking Through Jakarta   13. Tiwa’s morning   14. “Out there, over the hills, on the other side of the tracks”: a horizon of the global urban    15. Constructing the Southeast Asian Ascent: Global Vertical Urbanisms of Brick and Sand   16. Nairobi City, Streets and Stories: Young lives stay in place while going global through digital stages   17. Rethinking global urbanism from a ‘fripe’ marketplace in Tunis   18. Liminal spaces and resistance in Mexico City: towards an everyday global urbanism   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   21. Global self-urbanism: self-organisation amidst the regulatory crisis and uneven urban citizenship   4. Governing global urbanisms  22. Unlocking political potentialities   23. Climate Changed Urbanism?   24. The global urban condition and politics of thermal metabolics: the chilling prospect of killer heat   25. On the deployment of scientific knowledge for the new urbanism of the Anthropocene   26. Global cities and bioeconomy of health innovation   27. Hacking the Urban Code: Notes on Durational Imagination in City-Making    28. Global Urbanism: urban governance innovation in/for a world of cities   29. Corridor Urbanism   30. Beyond-the-network Urbanism: Everyday Infrastructures in States of Mutation   31. Still construction and already ruin   32. The Migration of Spaces: Monumental Urbanism Beyond Materiality   33. Land as situated spatio-histories: A dialogue with Global Urbanism   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 Popocivi 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   39. Living in the city beyond housing: urbanism of the commons

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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