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The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Global Urban Studies

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ISBN 9780367254667
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
632 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Global Urban Studies is a timely intervention into the field of global urban studies, coming as comparison is being more widely used as a method for global urban studies, and as a number of methodological experiments and comparative research projects are being brought to fruition.

It consolidates and take forward an emerging field within urban studies and makes a positive and constructive intervention into a lively arena of current debate in urban theory. Comparative urbanism injects a welcome sense of methodological rigour and a commitment to careful evaluation of claims across different contexts, which will enhance current debates in the field. Drawing together at least 50 international scholars and practitioners, this book offers an overview of key ideas and practices in the field, and extends current thinking and practice.

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

Table of Contents


Part 1

Chapter 1 – Beyond the City Limits: Comparison, Global Urbanism, and the Chicago School of Sociology

Gareth A. Jones and Dennis Rodgers

Chapter 2 – Comparative strategies on and in Latin-American cities

Eduardo Marques

Chapter 3 – Comparative urban studies and African studies at the crossroads: From the colonial situation to twilight institutions

Laurent Fourchard

Chapter 4 – Comparative Urban Studies in Asia: Old Players in Urbanization History or Emerging Game Changers?

Takashi Machimura

Chapter 5 – Comparative urban studies in Europe

Claire Colomb and Yuri Kazepov

Chapter 6 – Beyond comparison with history and Actor-Network Theory

Bert De Munck

Chapter 7 – Citizenship and Inequality in the Post-Colonial City

Patrick Heller and Partha Mukhopadhyay

Chapter 8 – The Role of Comparison in Urban Political Science

Alison E. Post

Chapter 9 – The Contribution of the Sociological Approach to Comparative Urban Studies

Alberta Andreotti and Diego Coletto

Chapter 10 – Urban Social Movements: Comparing Conflicts and Mobilizations

Walter J. Nicholls and Amrita Jain

Part 2

Chapter 11 – A Comparative Network Approach to the Study of Neighborhood-and City-Level Inequality Based on Everyday Urban Mobility

Robert J. Sampson and Jennifer Candipan

Chapter 12 – Making a Comparative Case: The Art Biennial in Dakar and Taipei

Julie Ren

Chapter 13 – Frames and flows: pan-urban policymaking and metropolitan transformation

Nik Theodore and Jamie Peck

Chapter 14 – From object biographies to data-centred assemblages: two experiments in relational urban comparison

Ola Söderström

Chapter 15 – Internal Migrations and Urban Transitions: A Comparative Perspective

Gregory F. Randolph and Michael Storper

Chapter 16 – Odious comparisons in urban studies. A plea for comparative monographs

Gilles Pinson

Chapter 17 – New Era for Commensurable Comparative Urban Research? Machine Learning and/or Propagations

Dominique Boullier

Chapter 18 – Methodological manoeuvres: Comparative practices in urban policy making

Kevin Ward

Part 3

Chapter 19 – Politics and governance in metropolitan areas: a transnational comparative perspective

Daniel Kübler and Jefferey M. Sellers

Chapter 20 – Enabling Connections: Relational Comparison in a Global Conjunctural Frame

Gillian Hart

Chapter 21 – Segregation studies: Overriding context through implicit comparison?

Thomas Maloutas

Chapter 22 – Specificity and Urbanisation: A Framework for Comparative Analysis

Christian Schmid

Chapter 23 – The Ends of Comparison—calculative logics and racial hauntings

AbdouMaliq Simone

Chapter 24 – Cities in Their States

Göran Therborn

Chapter 25 – Social mix, super-diversity, and interactions in the neighborhood: Comparing US and Western European perspectives

Christine Barwick

Chapter 26 – Overcoming the Limitations of Comparative Urban Research in the (Post)Socialist Context

Slavomíra Ferenčuhová

Chapter 27 – State entrepreneurialism: theorising urban development politics from China

Fulong Wu

Chapter 28 – Weak Comparisons: Navigating Differences and Commonalities among Cities in Russia and Elsewhere

Elena Trubina

Part 4

Chapter 29 – The relevance of local factors for understanding Italy: explaining territorial differentiation

David Benassi

Chapter 30 – ‘Coexisting Heterogeneity’: Agrarian Urban Entanglements in India’s Urbanizing Frontiers

Shubhra Gururani

Chapter 31 – Socialist Worldmaking: Comparative Research between the Socialist and Postcolonial Countries during the Cold War

Łukasz Stanek

Chapter 32 – Comparative Urban Studies Beyond the City

Manuel. B. Aalbers

Chapter 33 – Global Cities Research as Comparative Urban Studies

David Bassens, Ben Derudder and Michiel van Meeteren

Chapter 34 – Genetic Comparisons: Tracing how global infrastructure conditions peri-urban trajectories

J. Miguel Kanai and Seth Schindler

Chapter 35 – Archipelagic Thinking, Southern Urbanism and Experimental Comparisons

Garth Myers

Chapter 36 – Allegory, Psychasthenia, Horizon: Comparative Urbanism as Spectral Critique at the Antipodes of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative

Olivier Thomas Kramsch

Part 5

Chapter 37 – New York and Cairo: a view from street level.

J. Abu-Lughod

Chapter 38 – Emotions as an Analytical Category in Comparative Urban Studies

Joseph Ben Prestel

Chapter 39 – Concepts and Principles for Taking Bourdieu into the City

Loïc Wacquant

Chapter 40 – Covid, contagion and comparative urban research

Roger Keil

Chapter 41 – Everyday cognition and historical tracing in comparative urban research: Insights from a study of the BRICS

Philip Harrison

Chapter 42 – Quilting Comparison: Wonder, Translation and Theorization

Julie-Anne Boudreau, Célia Bensiali and Laura Ferro

Chapter 43 – Tracing Materials to Locate the Urban: The West African Corridor from Lagos to Abidjan

Armelle Choplin

Chapter 44 – How India Urbanizes: Multiscalar and Multi-Sited Comparisons

Marie-Hélène Zerah

Chapter 45 – Ruled by the Logic of ‘Trans’: Exploring the Religion of the City on a Global Level

Stephan Lanz

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Patrick Le Galès FBA, MAE, is CNRS Research Professor of Sociology, Politics and Urban studies at Sciences Po in Paris, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics. He was the founding Dean of Sciences Po Urban School.

Jennifer Robinson has been Professor of Human Geography at University College London since 2009 and co-Director of UCL’s Urban Laboratory since 2010. Previously she has worked at the Open University, the LSE, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.