Urban geography I: Locating urban theory in the ‘urban age’

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Abstract

In the midst of what has been termed the ‘urban age’, two divergent approaches to understanding life in cities have emerged. In this first of three urban geography progress reports, I engage these two strands of urban theory, identifying key differences in their intellectual, political and geographical genealogies, and consider their political and epistemological implications. Borrowing from Chakrabarty’s concept of History 1 and History 2, I name these approaches ‘Urbanization 1’ and ‘Urbanization 2’. Urbanization 1 is exemplified by the planetary urbanization thesis that posits the complete urbanization of society, whereas Urbanization 2 is characterized by a more diverse set of interventions, united by a political and epistemological strategy of refusing Eurocentrism and ‘provincializing’ urban theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-657
Number of pages11
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 30 2015

Keywords

  • planetary urbanization
  • provincializing
  • subaltern urbanism
  • urbanization

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