Overlooked Cities reflects and impacts the changing landscape of urban studies and geography from the perspective of smaller and more regional cities in the urban South. It critically examines the ways in which cities are uniquely positioned within different urban and knowledge hierarchies.
The book unpacks the dynamics of “overlooked-ness” in these cities, identifies emerging trends and processes that characterise such cities and provides alternative sites for comparative urban theory. It is organised into two themes: firstly, politics and power and secondly, production and negotiation of knowledge. The authors share a commitment to challenging the unevenness of urban knowledge production by approaching these cities on their own terms. Only then can we harness the insights emanating from these overlooked cities, and contribute to a deeper and richer understanding of the urban itself. This collection of essays, focusing on 13 cities in nine countries and across three continents (Luzhou, China; Bharatpur, Nepal; Bloemfontein/Mangaung and Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa; Zarqa, Jordan; Santa Fe, Argentina; Manizales, Colombia; Arequipa and Trujillo, Peru; Dili, Timor-Leste; Bandar Lampung, Semarang and Bontang, Indonesia) makes a timely contribution to urban scholarship.
The volume will be of interest to scholars from the disciplines of urban studies, geography, development and anthropology, as well as postgraduate students researching the global South and third year undergraduate students studying cities and urban studies, development and critical thinking.
Hanna A. Ruszczyk, Erwin Nugraha, Isolde de Villiers, Martin Price
Part 1: Politics and Power in Overlooked Cities
1. Sanxian: Re-/un-thinking Chinese urban hierarchy with a medium-sized city
Yi Jin, Yimin Zhao
2. The changing logic of urban planning in Nepal: From informal to incremental
Hanna A. Ruszczyk
3. The marginalised centre: overlooked cities in South Africa’s interior
Isolde de Villiers
4. Debt and developmental impasse in the secondary city: Geographies of municipal finance in Zarqa, Jordan
Part 2: Production and Negotiation of Knowledge in Overlooked Cities
5. Intermediate cities as urban innovators: An analysis of disaster risk management in Santa Fe, Argentina, and Manizales, Colombia
Julia Wesely, María Evangelina Filippi, Cassidy Johnson
6. Comparing secondary cities: Holistic evaluation of urban development in Arequipa and Trujillo, Peru.
7. Post-conflict Dili: An overlooked urbanscape reaching out for development
Joana de Mesquita Lima, João Pedro Costa
8. Middle cities: The politics of intermediary of Bandar Lampung, Semarang, and Bontang city in Indonesia under climate crisis
Erwin Nugraha, Isolde de Villiers, Hanna A Ruszczyk, João Pedro Costa, Joana de Mesquita Lima, María Evangelina Filippi, Yi Jin, Cassidy Johnson, Martin Price, Christian Rosen, Julia Wesely and Yimin Zhao