Urban Geopolitics

Urban Geopolitics : Rethinking Planning in Contested Cities

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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 that it is timely to start learning from, and compare across different "contested cities". It questions urban studies and planning research long standing Euro-centric academic knowledge production, methodological regionalism and incommensurability. It 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 understating of the worldwide contested nature of cities with a detailed review from 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 498.95g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 28 black & white illustrations, 2 black & white tables, 14 black & white halftones, 14 black & white line drawings
  • 113896266X
  • 9781138962668

About Jonatham Rokem

Jonathan Rokem, PhD, is Marie Sklodowska-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, University College London (UCL), UK. He is author of The Ethics of a Potential Urbanism: Critical Encounters Between Giorgio Agamben and Architecture (2017).show more

Table of contents

Foreword 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 Badescu 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 Cocina and Ernesto Lopez-Morales 11. Hyperupgrading Medellin: A progressive model for spatial justice? Politics of informality through spatial and discursive practices Catalina Ortiz and Camillo Boano 12. Assessing Critical Urban Geopolitics in Foz do Iguacu, 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. Sidawayshow more