Colin McFarlane, Learning the City: Knowledge and Translocal Assemblage

Colin McFarlane’s Learning the City: Knowledge and Translocal Assemblage is now out. From the publisher website:

Learning the City: Translocal Assemblage and Urban Politics critically examines the relationship between knowledge, learning, and urban politics, arguing both for the centrality of learning for political strategies and developing a progressive international urbanism.

Presents a distinct approach to conceptualising the city through the lens of urban learning

– Integrates fieldwork conducted in Mumbai’s informal settlements with debates on urban policy, political economy, and development

– Considers how knowledge and learning are conceived and created in cities

– Addresses the way knowledge travels and opportunities for learning about urbanism between North and South

‘Innovative in its approach and rigorous in its coverage, this book is an important contribution to the field of urban studies and human geography. It challenges the standard format of the research monograph and introduces new vectors of knowledge and debate to the study of cities. In a world where the usual North-South dichotomies are being disturbed, McFarlane’s emphasis on a postcolonial approach to practices of learning is a valuable framework.’
—Ananya Roy, University of California

‘McFarlane’s work stands out in that it tells us how residents from various walks of life actually learn to operate in heterogeneous and often volatile urban environments.  Instead of assuming that urban dwellers walk around with preconceived maps in their heads, this book provides a comprehensive account of the various practices, mobilizations and tools they use over time so that the city becomes a staging area for new capacities and potentials.’
—AbdouMaliq Simone, Goldsmith College, University of London

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