1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Global Urban Studies

Edited By Patrick Le Galès, Jennifer Robinson Copyright 2024
    638 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 takes 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 rigor and a commitment to careful evaluation of claims across different contexts, which will enhance current debates in the field. Drawing together more than 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, political studies, planning, and urban studies.

    Introduction: Comparative Global Urban Studies in the Making: Welcome to the World of Imperfect and Innovative Urban Comparisons

    Patrick Le Galés and Jennifer Robinson

    Part I: Introduction: Inheritance: Traditions in Comparative Urban Research

    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: Instituted Processes and Causal Mechanisms

    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 Vijay Jain

    Part II: Introduction: Methods and Research Design

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

    Dominique Boullier

    Chapter 18 – Methodological manoeuvres: Comparative practices in urban policymaking

    Kevin Ward

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

    Daniel Kübler and Jefferey M. Sellers

    Part III: Introduction: Contexts

    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

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

    David Benassi

    Part IV: Introduction: Connections

    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 V: Introduction: Experiments

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

    Janet 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 Andrea Ferro-Higuera

    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 Multisited Comparisons

    Marie-Hélène Zérah

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

    Stephan Lanz


    Patrick Le Galès FBA, MAE, is a 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 a 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.