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Rethinking UrbanismLessons from Postcolonialism and the Global South$
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Garth Myers

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204452

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204452.001.0001

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Southern Processes of Planetary Urbanization in Hartford

Southern Processes of Planetary Urbanization in Hartford

(p.23) 1 Southern Processes of Planetary Urbanization in Hartford
Rethinking Urbanism

Garth Myers

Policy Press

Chapter one examines historical processes of urbanization, with the focus on Hartford, seen from indigenous, postcolonial, Caribbean and African/African-American re-mappings of its metropolitan geographies. The chapter thus applies global South ideas to an examination of planetary urbanization in an urban area conventionally located in the global North. It argues that southern concepts are highly relevant to understanding and remapping Hartford as a global urbanism. Developing an historical geography from indigenous, postcolonial, and southern angles gives opportunities for detailing the specificities of planetarizing processes. Scholars need to look at longer-term processes producing planetary urbanization from elsewhere, to erase blind spots that universalizing theorizations produce. Here, this means rethinking the historical geography of indigenous peoples in the region, slavery, and labor migration.

Keywords:   Indigenous space, Planetarization, Hartford, Dis-memberment and re-memberment, Black geographies, People-as-infrastructure, Blues epistemology

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