The premise of this edited collection is set out by the editors in their introduction: ‘The objective of this book is to reconstitute the historical, political and spatial diversity of processes of metropolitanisation’ (p. 19). They expand further on why this is necessary: ‘Reintroducing the political dimension into this process, we distance ourselves from general works that identify metropolitanisation as a uniquely contemporary phenomenon. We also reject the idea that metropolitanisation is a mainly technical response to an overwhelming external necessity’ (ibid.). From this description alone, any reader might be forgiven for feeling the title of the collection is a little misleading. This is certainly not a theory‐led examination of how the city is, or functions as, a political entity. Rather this is a book with more delimited goals. The collection seeks to outline and defend a particular understanding of metropolitanization and demonstrate this understanding using a series of case studies. The overall objective of this exercise is to demonstrate the historical and embedded character of metropolitanization, and therefore resist accounts of metropolitanization that explain the process as being structurally determined.Metropolitanization is understood by the editors as ‘a process of rescaling’ with a ‘polysemic reality’ (ibid.). The idea here
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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