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Rethinking Urbanism

Lessons from Postcolonialism and the Global South

By Garth Myers

Published

3 Jun 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529204452

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234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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3 Jun 2020

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224 pages

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    This book provides new insights into popular understandings of urbanism by using a wide range of case studies from lesser studied cities across the Global South and Global North to present evidence for the need to reconstruct our understanding of who and what makes urban environments.

    Myers explores the global hierarchy of cities, the criteria for positioning within these hierarchies and the successes of various policymaking approaches designed specifically to boost a city’s ranking. Engaging heavily with postcolonial studies and Global South thinking, he shows how cities construct one another’s spaces and calls for a new understanding of planetary urbanism that moves beyond Western-centric perspectives.

    “Not content to follow the usual tropes of urban studies, Myers challenges mainstream urban theory at a time of great uncertainty about urbanism on a world scale.” Martin J. Murray, University of Michigan

    Garth Myers is Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies at Trinity College.

    Introduction: Rethinking Urbanism from the South

    Chapter One: Southern Processes of Planetary Urbanization in Hartford

    Chapter Two: Villages in the City: Patterns of Urbanization in the Pearl River Delta, Dakar and Zanzibar

    Chapter Three: the useful and ornamental landscapes of British (post)colonialism

    Chapter Four: submarine urbanism: cities people make in ‘the here and the elsewhere’

    Chapter Five: ‘the whole world is made in China’: Products and Infrastructures of dis/connection

    Chapter Six: Sister Cities: Urban Politics and Policy in a Southern Urban Planet

    Conclusion