In the last decade a new wave of urban research has emerged, putting comparative perspectives back on the urban studies agenda. However, this research is frequently based on similar case studies on a few selected cities in America and Europe and all too often focus on the abstract city level with marginal attention given to particular local contexts.
Moving away from loosely defined urban theories and contexts, this book argues it is time to start learning from and compare across different ‘contested cities’. It questions the long-standing Euro-centric academic knowledge production that is prevalent in urban studies and planning research. This book brings together a diverse range of international case studies from Latin America, South and South East Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East to offer an in-depth understanding of the worldwide contested nature of cities in a wide range of local contexts. It suggests an urban ontology that moves beyond the urban ‘West’ and ‘North’ as well as adding a comparative-relational understanding of the contested nature that ‘Southern’ cities are developing.
This timely contribution is essential reading for those working in the fields of human geography, urban studies, planning, politics, area studies and sociology.
Introduction: Towards Contested Urban Geopolitics on a Global Scale
Jonathan Rokem and Camillo Boano
Part 1: Comparative Urban Geopolitics
1. Post-War Reconstruction in Contested Cities: Comparing Urban Outcomes in Sarajevo and Beirut
2. Negotiating Cities: Nairobi and Cape Town
Liza Rose Cirolia
3. Ordinary Urban Geopolitics: Contrasting Jeruaslem and Stockholm
Part 2: Urban Geopolitics – South and South East Asia
4. The tale of ethno-political and spatial claims in a contested city: the Muhajir community in Karachi.
Sadaf Sultan Khan, Kayvan Karimi and Laura Vaughan
5. The Embodiment of the Ideology of ‘Development’ in the Practice of Marketplace Coordination in Jakarta
Pawda F Tjoa
6. The politics of doing nothing: exploring subaltern political networks in Kacha-bazaar, Khulna, Bangladesh.
Apurba Kumar Podder
Part 3: Urban Geopolitics - Middle East
7. The Camp vs the Campus: Revisiting the contested landscapes of an urban Mediterranean encampment in Famagusta Northern Cyprus
8. Urban Planning and Religious Voices in the Ethnically Contested City of Acre
Nimrod Luz and Nurit Stadler
9. Exploring the Roots of Contested Public Spaces of Cairo: Using Self-organization as Alternative Lens
Part 4: Urban Geopolitics - Latin America
10. Unpacking narratives of social conflict and inclusion: anti-gentrification neighbourhood organisation in Santiago, Chile
Camila Cociña and Ernesto López-Morales
11. The Medellín's Shifting Geopolitics of Informality: The Encircled Garden as a Dispositive of Civil Disenfranchisement?
Catalina Ortiz and Camillo Boano
12. Assessing Critical Urban Geopolitics in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Peter D. A. Wood
Part 5: Comparative Discussion
13. Geopolitics, Cosmopolitanism and Planning: Contested Cities in a Global Context in conversation with Prof. Michael Safier
Jonathan Rokem and Camillo Boano
Afterword Lineages of Urban Geopolitics
James D. Sidaway
“Urban Geopolitics is an excellent addition to the literature. The diverse essays will generate extensive discussion about the dynamics, parameters, and comparability of contemporary urbanization across a range of cities including many localities that have been less extensively studied. The scope of this collection is exceptionally rich and thought provoking.”
“This pioneering volume points us in new theoretical directions--putting conflict at the center of urban research, transcending Euro-centrism, excavating the colonial foundations of urban inequality, and connecting today’s urban geopolitical spaces to broader territorial and global reconfigurations.”
“This wide-ranging collection of essays brings a new geopolitical perspective to urban studies. It asks scholars to think across a variety of political fault-lines and a range of different kinds of contestations which shape urban outcomes; thus all cities can be seen as sites of contestation, rather than treating places which have experienced war and violence as exceptions. The collection also draws on case studies from across many different regions, asking readers to reconsider geopolitical categories, like South and West, through which the world of cities is too often segmented. The authors of this collection succeed in stretching our understanding of the urban world”.