The Urban Problematic: A Response to Ryan Bishop and John WP Phillips

Knowles, Caroline. 2014. The Urban Problematic: A Response to Ryan Bishop and John WP Phillips. Theory Culture and Society, 31(7-8), pp. 319-322. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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In dialogue with Bishop and Phillips’ (2013) concern to establish what the category of the urban might mean in the context of megacities, this piece offers four provoca- tions in the spirit of developing their analysis. The first is the need to attend to the specifics of megacities; the second insists on the importance of including those who navigate them in the analysis; the third is a concern to unwind different forms of urban traction, and the fourth is a need to be mindful of the intersecting logics of translocality. Drawing on my own empirical research into the urban translocalities drawn by the flip-flop trail, it concludes that globalization is less solid and more fragile and shifting than many of its theorists suggest.

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globalization, logics of mobility, megacities, navigators, translocality

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Sociology > Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR)


December 2014Published

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04 May 2016 09:27

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07 Jul 2017 11:07

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