Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age

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Mobile Urbanism provides a unique set of perspectives on the current global-urban condition. Drawing on cutting-edge theoretical work, leading geographers reveal that cities are not isolated objects of study; rather, they are dynamic, global–local assemblages of policies, practices, and ideas.

The essays in this volume argue for a theorizing of both urban policymaking and place-making that understands them as groups of territorial and relational geographies. It broadens our comprehension of agents of transference, reconceiving how policies are made mobile, and acknowledging the importance of interlocal policy mobility. Through the richness of its empirical examples from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia, contributors bring to light the significant methodological challenges that researchers face in the study of an urban–global, territorial–relational conceptualization of cities and suggest productive new approaches to understanding urbanism in a networked world.

Contributors: S. Harris Ali, York U, Toronto; Allan Cochrane, Open U; Roger Keil , York U, Toronto; Doreen Massey, Open U; Donald McNeill, U of Western Sydney; Jamie Peck, U of British Columbia; Jennifer Robinson, University College London.

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"At the core of this book is the recognition that far and near no longer be taken for granted. This makes it possible to explore geographies of responsibility as they stretch across space, highlighting linkages that are otherwise rather too easy to avoid. It also makes it possible to explore the ways in which apparently distant phenomena can be drawn in by political actors to reinforce their position, to develop political initiatives, resolve or generate political controversy, and build political power and authority." —Allan Cochrane, from the Foreword
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816656288
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2011
  • Series: Globalization and Community Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene McCann is associate professor of geography at Simon Fraser University. Kevin Ward is professor of human geography at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Allan Cochrane Introduction. Urban Assemblages: Territories, Relations, Practices, and Power, Eugene McCann and Kevin Ward
1. A Counterhegemonic Relationality of Place, Doreen Massey
2. The Spaces of Circulating Knowledge: City Strategies and Global Urban Governmentality, Jennifer Robinson
3. Creative Moments: Working Culture, Through Municipal Socialism and Neoliberal Urbanism, Jamie Peck
4. Policies in Motion and in Place: The Case of Business Improvement Districts, Kevin Ward
5. Points of Reference: Knowledge of Elsewhere in the Politics of Urban Drug Policy, Eugene McCann
6. The Urban Political Pathology of Emerging Infectious Disease in the Age of the Global City, Roger Keil and S. Harris Ali
7. Airports, Territoriality, and Urban Governance, Donald McNeill Conclusion. Cities Assembled: Space, Neoliberalization, (re)Territorialization, and Comparison, Kevin Ward and Eugene McCann Acknowledgments Contributors Index

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