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Urban Geopolitics

Rethinking Planning in Contested Cities, 1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan Rokem, Camillo Boano


246 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


Sara Fregonese

Introduction: Towards Contested Urban Geopolitics on a Global Scale

Jonathan Rokem and Camillo Boano

Part 1: Comparative Urban Geopolitics

Section introduction

Jonathan Rokem

1. Post-War Reconstruction in Contested Cities: Comparing Urban Outcomes in Sarajevo and Beirut

Gruia Bădescu

2. Negotiating Cities: Nairobi and Cape Town

Liza Rose Cirolia

3. Ordinary Urban Geopolitics: Contrasting Jeruaslem and Stockholm

Jonathan Rokem

Part 2: Urban Geopolitics – South and South East Asia

Section introduction

Camillo Boano

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

Section introduction

Jonathan Rokem

7. The Camp vs the Campus: Revisiting the contested landscapes of an urban Mediterranean encampment in Famagusta Northern Cyprus

Moriel Ram

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

Mohamed Saleh

Part 4: Urban Geopolitics - Latin America

Section introduction

Camillo Boano

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

Section introduction

Jonathan Rokem

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

About the Editors

Jonathan Rokem, PhD, is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), UK. His research interests and publications focus on spatial and social critical analysis of cities and regions.

Camillo Boano, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit and Director of the MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development, UCL, UK. He is author of The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism: Critical Encounters Between Giorgio Agamben and Architecture (2017).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography

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