Urban complexities have forced scholars to understand urbanization beyond the boundedness of socio‐ecological dynamics in particular places. Many argue for a new ontology of planetary urbanization, looking at formations of cities as part of the whole (capitalist) spatial transformation integrating all geographical scales. Others criticize overly generalizing claims of global neoliberal restructuring power and encourage more research into different forms of city, embodying diverse socio‐spatial logics. While the global climate has been a significant (political) issue, many scholars work on the global histories of capital in their interplays with the history of human species. Seeing Like a City speaks magnificently to all of these.One might relate the book to ‘seeing like a state’, but not once do the authors cite James Scott or Warren Magnusson—the latter uses ‘seeing like a city’ to make sense of ‘the political’ through the politics of urbanisms, arguing for a more realist approach rather than through the concept of state sovereignty. To Amin and Thrift, the dichotomy of seeing ‘like a state’ and ‘like a city’ is problematic because it keeps us from the very meaning of authority within heterogeneous everyday life, carrying different possibilities of being and governing while pregnant with new possibilities
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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