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
Colin McFarlane is Lecturer in Human Geography at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on urban geography, especially theorising the intersections between urban inequality, materiality, and knowledge.
Series Editors' Preface ix Acknowledgements x Introduction 1 1 Learning Assemblages 15 Introduction 15 Translation: Distribution, Practice and Comparison 17 Coordinating Learning 19 Dwelling and Perception 21 Assemblage Space 23 Conclusion 30 2 Assembling the Everyday: Incremental Urbanism and Tactical Learning 32 Introduction 32 Incremental Urbanism 33 Learning the Unknown City: Street Children in Mumbai 43 Learning, Rhythm, Space 47 Tactical Learning 54 Conclusion 59 3 Learning Social Movements: Tactics, Urbanism and Politics 62 Introduction 62 Knowing Social Movements 63 Global Slumming 66 The Housing Assemblage: Materializing Learning 69 Learning and Representation: Counting the Poor 74 Entrepreneurial Learning 85 Conclusion 90 4 Urban Learning Forums 92 Introduction 92 Uncertain Forums 93 Dialogic Urban Forums 98 Translocalism and Translation 105 Conclusion 113 5 Travelling Policies, Ideological Assemblages 115 Introduction 115 Translating Policy 117 Comparative Learning: Translation and Colonial Urbanism 122 Ideology and Postwar Urban Planning 128 Neoliberal Urban Learning Assemblages 134 Ideology and Explanation: Beyond Diffusionist Story-Making 145 Conclusion 151 6 A Critical Geography of Urban Learning 153 Introduction 153 The Actual and the Possible 155 Agency and Critical Learning 160 Assemblage and the Critical Learning Imaginary 164 Postcolonial Urban Learning? 167 Conclusion 172 Conclusion 174 References 185 Index 205