Urban Political Ecology Beyond Methodological Cityism

Connolly, Creighton (2019) Urban Political Ecology Beyond Methodological Cityism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 43 (1). pp. 63-75. ISSN 0309-1317

Full content URL: http://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12710

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Abstract

The concept of planetary urbanization has emerged in recent years amongst neo-
Lefebvrian urban scholars who see urbanization as a process taking place at all spatial
scales. This article analyses recent critiques of the urban political ecology (UPE) literature
which argue that much of the work in the field has been guilty of focusing exclusively on
the traditional bounded city unit rather than urbanization as a process. In response, the
article reviews various strands of the UPE literature which have (always) moved beyond
‘the city’ to consider the various metabolisms and circulations of humans and non-humans
connecting cities with places outside of their borders at a variety of scales. Furthermore,
it suggests how these approaches can productively work with the insights of the planetary
urbanization literature, in considering both the changing nature of urbanization and also
the socio-ecological and political implications of these changes. Finally, the article suggests
how the methodological approach of the ‘site multiple’ and its focus on everyday practices
and lived experiences can be useful for researching diverse urban phenomena and their
more-than-urban connections.

Keywords:site multiple, urbanization, urban political ecology, methodological cityism, planetary urbanization, methodology
Subjects:L Social studies > L722 Urban Geography
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
Divisions:College of Science > School of Geography
ID Code:34417
Deposited On:24 Jan 2019 14:08

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