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International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 40, Number 1

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Volume 40, Number 1

Matthew Gandy (Editor), Maria Kaika (Editor), Ananya Roy (Editor), Fulong Wu (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-29682-9

Aug 2016

268 pages

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Since its foundation in 1977 IJURR has been at the cutting-edge of critical urban scholarship. IJURR is taking forward its commitment to interdisciplinary and international urban research, connecting with new audiences and debates, consolidating its position as a leading publication in the field.

  • Explores questions and themes of interest to a wide readership including urban planners, architects and practitioners.
  • Includes both stand-alone articles and critical dialogues
  • Connects with critical debates in the policy-making and professional arenas
  • Uses visual materials ranging from architectural sketches, film stills and photographs to various explanatory figures and tables


1 Economic Rationality Meets Celebrity Urbanology: Exploring Edward Glaeser’s City (Jamie Peck)
31 ‘Asset Price Urbanism’ and Financialization After the Crisis: Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (Michael Byrne)
46 Financializing Desalination: Rethinking the Returns of Big Infrastructure (Alex Loftus and Hug March)
62 World Cities and the Uneven Geographies of Financialization: Unveiling Stratification and Hierarchy in the World City Archipelago (Michiel Van Meeteren and David Bassens)
82 Animating The Urban Vortex: New Sociological Urgencies (Suzanne Hall and Mike Savage)
96 Spaces of Extraction, Metropolitan Explosions: Planetary Urbanization and the Commodity Boom in Latin America (Martín Arboleda)
113 Accounts from Behind the Curtain: History and Geography in the Critical Analysis of Urban Theory (Slavomíra Ferenčuhová)
132 Strategies for Comparative Urbanism: Post-socialism as a De-territorialized Concept (Tauri Tuvikene) 


147 Social Sciences and Urban Studies: Goodbye to Paradigms? (Emilio Duhau)
157 A Limitless Urban Theory? A Response to Scott and Storper’s ‘The Nature of Cities: The Scope and Limits of Urban Theory’ (Oli Mould)
164 Why Cities? A Response (Richard A. Walker)
181 Debate on Global Urbanisms and the Nature of Urban Theory (Jennifer Robinson and Ananya Roy (eds.))
187 Comparative Urbanism: New Geographies and Cultures of Theorizing the Urban (Jennifer Robinson)
200 Who’s Afraid of Postcolonial Theory? (Ananya Roy)
210 It’s Just the City After All! (Abdoumaliq Simone)
219 The Twenty-First Century Quest for Feminism and the Global Urban (Linda Peake)
228 Provincializing Critical Urban Theory: Extending the Ecosystem of Possibilities (Helga Leitner and Eric Sheppard)
236 Translational Global Praxis: Rethinking Methods and Modes of African Urban Research (Susan Parnell and Edgar Pieterse) 

Book Reviews

247 Katherine Lebow Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949–56 and Kinga Pozniak Nowa Huta: Generations of Change in a Model Socialist Town (Elitza Stanoeva)
249 Kiril Stanilov and Luděk Sýkora (eds.) 2014: Confronting Suburbanization: Urban Decentralization in Postsocialist Central and Eastern Europe. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell (Stefan Bouzarovski)251 Kenny Cupers The Social Project: Housing Postwar France (Harald Engler)
252 Carolyn T. Adams From the Outside In: Suburban Elites, Third-sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia (Todd Swanstrom)
254 Emily E. Straus Death of a Suburban Dream: Race and Schools in Compton, California (Yohann Le Moigne)
256 Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore Fast Policy: Experimental Statecraft at the Thresholds of Neoliberalism (Cristina Temenos)
258 Andrew MacLaran and Sinead Kelly (eds.) Neoliberal Urban Policy and the Transformation of the City: Reshaping Dublin (Therese Kenna)
260 Federico Caprotti Eco-cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies (Rachel Huxley)