The increasingly influential post-colonial approach to comparative urban studies helps us see with great detail the richness of an ample array of diverse urban regimes in the world. There are so many different politico-economic contexts and cultural attitudes to urban life in every corner of the (rapidly urbanizing) world that deserve careful scrutiny without necessarily drawing on imported theoretical preconceptions. In this vein, authors like Robinson (2011) have been paramount in rejecting centralized urban theorizations and instead advocate for emergent and simultaneous theory construction, from different places at different times, thus making theorization more agile and flexible than before. Post-colonial comparativist scholars aim to constitute a collegial production of knowledge without the act of theory travelling, because the latter is, they say, a major imposition of knowledge, a colonial exertion of intellectual power that has to be detached from current urban studies.
Como citar: López, E. (2015). Gentrification in the global south. City, 19(4), 564-573.