Global Urbanism is an experimental examination of how urban scholars and activists make sense of, and act upon, the foundational relationship between the ‘global’ and the ‘urban’.

What does it mean to say that we live in a global-urban moment, and what are its implications? Refusing all-encompassing answers, the book grounds this question, exploring the plurality of understandings, definitions, and ways of researching global urbanism through the lenses of varied contributors from different parts of the world. The contributors explore what global urbanism means to them, in their context, from the ground and the struggles upon which they are working and living. The book argues for an incremental, fragile and in-the-making emancipatory urban thinking. The contributions provide the resources to help make sense of what global urbanism is in its varieties, what’s at stake in it, how to research it, and what needs to change for more progressive urban futures. It provides a heterodox set of approaches and theorisations to probe and provoke rather than aiming to draw a line under a complex, changing and profoundly contested set of global-urban processes.

Global Urbanism is primarily intended for scholars and graduate students in geography, sociology, planning, anthropology and the field of urban studies, for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current thinking across the range of disciplines and practices which converge in the study of urbanism.

Chapter 36 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429259593

part I|13 pages


part II|90 pages

Rethinking global urbanisms

chapter 2|8 pages

Thinking urban grammars

chapter 3|9 pages

Decentering global urbanism

chapter 6|6 pages

Seeing like an Italian city

Questioning global urbanism from an “in-between space” in Turin

chapter 10|8 pages

Footnote urbanism

The missing East in (not so) global urbanism

chapter 11|9 pages

Comparative urbanism and global urban studies

Theorising the urban

part III|86 pages

Everyday global urbanisms

chapter 12|9 pages

Global urbanism inside/out

Thinking through Jakarta

chapter 13|8 pages

Tiwa’s morning

chapter 14|7 pages

“Out there, over the hills, on the other side of the tracks”

A horizon of the global urban

chapter 15|9 pages

Constructing the South-East Asian ascent

Global vertical urbanisms of brick and sand

chapter 16|8 pages

Nairobi city, streets and stories

Young lives stay in place while going global through digital stages

chapter 18|10 pages

Liminal spaces and resistance in Mexico City

Towards an everyday global urbanism

chapter 19|10 pages

Death and the city

Necrological notes from Kinshasa

chapter 20|7 pages

Pathways toward a dialectical urbanism

Thinking with the contingencies of crisis, care and capitalism

chapter 21|8 pages

Global self-urbanism

Self-organisation amidst regulatory crisis and uneven urban citizenship

part IV|100 pages

Governing global urbanisms

chapter 22|10 pages

Unlocking political potentialities

chapter 24|8 pages

The global urban condition and politics of thermal metabolics

The chilling prospect of killer heat

chapter 27|8 pages

Hacking the urban code

Notes on durational imagination in city-making

chapter 28|8 pages

Global urbanism

Urban governance innovation in/for a world of cities

chapter 29|8 pages

Corridor urbanism

chapter 30|8 pages

Beyond-the-network urbanism

Everyday infrastructures in states of mutation

chapter 32|8 pages

The migration of spaces

Monumental urbanism beyond materiality

chapter 33|7 pages

Land as situated spatio-histories

A dialogue with global urbanism