The formation of transnational urban spaces is a relevant and challenging field of interdisciplinary research, which deserves much more debate in order to deepen our understanding of generating and restructuring urban spaces under conditions of contemporary globalisation processes. This edited collection reflects current studies on the relation of transnationalism and urbanism. Scholars from disciplines including Geography, Ethnography and Urban Planning discuss theoretical approaches, methodology and case studies on processes of the production of urban spaces through global economic value chains, socio-cultural practices, and political governance strategies. Cities are appropriate sites for an examination of the spatial dimension of transnationality because this is where global processes are concentrated, localized, transformed and materialize. In this context, urban space is not merely to be regarded as a setting for transnational practices, but as a constituent force of transnationalism in all its manifestations.
1. The Transnationality of Cities – Concepts, Dimensions and Research Fields: An Introduction Stefan Krätke, Kathrin Wildner and Stephan Lanz 2. Transnationality and the City Nina Glick-Schiller 3. Cities of the Global South in the Context of Transnational Urbanism and International Development Policies Hans Harms 4. Transnational Planning: Reconfiguring Spaces and Institutions Clara Irazábal 5. Conceptualizing Transnational Urban Spaces: Multicentered Agency, Placeless Organizational Logics, and the Built Environment Christof Parnreiter 6. Materializing the Digital Commodity: Recording Studios in Transnational Project Networks of Digital Musical Production Michael Hoyler and Allan Watson 7. Global Capitalism and the Informal Economy: A Methodological Approach to the Complex Incorporation of Mexican Cities into the Globalized Markets Sandra Alarcón 8. The Return of the Local?: Anglicization, Transnationalism and Religion in the Global City John Eade 9. Small Town Transnationalism: Socio-Spatial Dynamics of Immigration to the Heartland Faranak Miraftab 10. Challenging Heteronomous Power in a Globalized World: Insurgent Spatial Practices, ‘Militant Particularism’, and Multiscalarity Marcelo Lopes de Souza 11. Move From and Not On the Occult Zone (Where the People Dwell): An Argument for the Political Priority of Solidarity with Popular (and Largely Situated) Mobilization by the Poor over Transnational Organization by Civil Society Richard Pithouse