Grounding Southern City Theory in Time and Place

Authored by: Alan Mabin

The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415818650
eBook ISBN: 9780203387832
Adobe ISBN: 9781136678202

10.4324/9780203387832.ch4

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Abstract

In their recent book, Cities: Reimagining the Urban, Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift offer what they characterize as a ‘provisional diagram of how to understand the city’. They see this attempt as being limited, of course, by several constraints, not the least of which is the epistemological question of ‘what counts as knowledge of the urban?’ Along with this there are caveats to the effect that they were unable to cover, issues of ‘gender, race and the environment’ and that it was the ‘cities of the North’ that they had in mind while writing the book. None of these detracts from this excellent book, but they are reminders that the universal reach of the book's title — to reimagine the urban — turns out to be somewhat limited after all.

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