The renaissance in urban theory draws directly from a fresh focus on the neglected realities of cities beyond the west and embraces the global south as the epicentre of urbanism. This Handbook engages the complex ways in which cities of the global south and the global north are rapidly shifting, the imperative for multiple genealogies of knowledge production, as well as a diversity of empirical entry points to understand contemporary urban dynamics.

The Handbook works towards a geographical realignment in urban studies, bringing into conversation a wide array of cities across the global south – the ‘ordinary’, ‘mega’, ‘global’ and ‘peripheral’. With interdisciplinary contributions from a range of leading international experts, it profiles an emergent and geographically diverse body of work. The contributions draw on conflicting and divergent debates to open up discussion on the meaning of the city in, or of, the global south; arguments that are fluid and increasingly contested geographically and conceptually. It reflects on critical urbanism, the macro- and micro-scale forces that shape cities, including ideological, demographic and technological shifts, and constantly changing global and regional economic dynamics. Working with southern reference points, the chapters present themes in urban politics, identity and environment in ways that (re)frame our thinking about cities. The Handbook engages the twenty-first-century city through a ‘southern urban’ lens to stimulate scholarly, professional and activist engagements with the city.

chapter 1|4 pages

‘From the south’

BySophie Oldfield, Susan Parnell

part |2 pages

Part I Critical urbanism

chapter 2|2 pages

Critical urbanism

BySophie Oldfield

chapter 3|12 pages

Worlding the south: toward a post-colonial urban theory

ByAnanya Roy

chapter 4|16 pages

Grounding southern city theory in time and place

ByAlan Mabin

chapter 5|11 pages

Is there a ‘south’ perspective to urban studies?

BySujata Patel

part |2 pages

Part II The urban: past, present, future

chapter 8|2 pages

The urban: past, present, future

BySusan Parnell

chapter 10|12 pages

Troubling continuities: use and utility of the term ‘slum’

ByMarie Huchzermeyer

chapter 11|11 pages

Learning planning from the south: ideas from the new urban frontiers

ByVanessa Watson

chapter 12|13 pages

Urban land markets: a southern exposure

ByRichard Harris

chapter 13|17 pages

The urbanization-development nexus in the BRICS

ByIvan Turok

part |2 pages

Part III Global economic turbulence: (re)configuring the urban

chapter 14|2 pages

Global economic turbulence: (re)configuring the urban

BySophie Oldfield, Susan Parnell

chapter 15|12 pages

Globalizing capitalism and southern urbanization

ByEric Sheppard

chapter 17|18 pages

Does African urban policy provide a platform for sustained economic growth?

ByRobert Buckley, Achilles Kallergis

chapter 18|15 pages

Disjunctures between urban infrastructure, finance and affordability

ByEdgar Pieterse, Katherine Hyman

part |2 pages

Part IV Politics, transformation and the southern city

chapter 22|2 pages

Politics, transformation and the southern city

BySophie Oldfield

chapter 25|15 pages

Claiming ‘rights’ in the African city: popular mobilization and the politics of informality

ByClaire Bénit-Gbaffou, Sophie Oldfield

chapter 27|13 pages

Occupancy urbanism as political practice

BySolomon Benjamin

part |2 pages

Part V Negotiating society and identity in urban spaces of the south

chapter 29|2 pages

Negotiating society and identity in urban spaces of the south

BySophie Oldfield

chapter 30|15 pages

Conviviality and the boundaries of citizenship in urban Africa

ByFrancis B. Nyamnjoh, Ingrid Brudvig

chapter 31|14 pages

Contentious identities? Urban space, cityness and citizenship

ByPhilippe Gervais-Lambony

chapter 32|15 pages

The place of migrant women and the role of gender in the cities of Asia

ByBrenda S.A. Yeoh and Kamalini Ramdas

chapter 34|17 pages

Hip hop politics: recognizing southern complexity

ByJenny Mbaye

part |2 pages

Part VI Conceptualizing the built environment: accounting for southern urban complexities

chapter 38|11 pages

The politics and technologies of urban waste

ByGarth Myers

chapter 39|15 pages

Urban mobilities: innovation and diffusion in public transport

ByRoger Behrens

chapter 42|16 pages

Gentrification in the global south?

ByLoretta Lees

part |2 pages

Part VII Big stories of urban change

chapter 44|2 pages

Big stories of urban change

BySusan Parnell

chapter 45|13 pages

Approaching food security in cities of the global south

ByJonathan Crush

chapter 46|13 pages

Healthy cities of/from the south

ByClare Herrick

chapter 47|17 pages

Urban poverty in low- and middle-income nations

ByDavid Satterthwaite

chapter 48|11 pages

Migration, urbanization and changing gender relations in the south

ByCecilia Tacoli, Sylvia Chant

chapter 49|16 pages

Urban metabolism of the global south

ByJohn E. Fernández

chapter 50|16 pages

Urban dynamics and the challenges of global environmental change in the south

ByDavid Simon, Hayley Leck