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Urban theory with an outside

Jazeel, T; (2017) Urban theory with an outside. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 10.1177/0263775817707968. (In press). Green open access

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This paper critically engages planetary urbanization’s claim that it generates ‘Urban Theory Without an Outside’. It argues planetary urbanization is part of the broader ideological terrain of urban studies whose textual field reifies the city, the urban and urbanization as objects and processes of analyses through a kind of ‘methodological urbanization’. The paper argues the conceptual and political value of delineating views from outside urban studies and planetary urbanization – in particular from domains like area studies – that unmoor the primacy of the city, the urban and particularly urbanization in understandings of socio-spatial processes across planetary space. It suggests how these perspectives can usefully act as ‘supplements’ indifferent to urban studies, reminding urban studies of the limits of its own forms of knowledge production in relation to socio-spatial process and city formation. To do this, the paper sketches an anti-colonial history of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Type: Article
Title: Urban theory with an outside
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0263775817707968
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775817707968
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Planetary urbanization, urban theory, Sri Lanka, ideology, supplement
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1572575
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