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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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(p.179) Epilogue
Rethinking Urbanism

Garth Myers

Policy Press

This brief epilogue summarizes the core arguments. The contention of the book as a whole is that rethinking urbanism means rethinking it from the ground up, from literal and metaphorical places ‘South’ of where urbanism has been previously defined. This book is reckoning with a world of interconnected cities linked to one another in a process of planetary urbanization, but which is characterized here, following Glissant, as a process of ever-changing ‘relation’ between cities. Many scholars have stressed the centrality which learning from ‘elsewheres’ must assume in a cosmopolitan and truly global urban studies. With the growing literature of planetary urbanization pushing toward a more global urban studies, the aim of this book has been to re-center the discussion southward, with that ‘South’ reconceived. It argues for starting the discussion of 21st century planetary urbanization from the ideas and concepts and perspectives that emerge from both the intellectual and everyday southern urban worlds.

Keywords:   Southern urbanism, Transversality, Postcolonialism

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