The post(-)colonial Arab city

Laurie, E. and Philo, C. (2020) The post(-)colonial Arab city. Space and Polity, 24(2), pp. 262-282. (doi: 10.1080/13562576.2020.1787135)

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Research from the 1980s by Ronan Paddison, Allan Findlay and colleagues on ‘the post-colonial city' and ‘the Arab city' is examined. Distinguishing between ‘post-colonial' (as periodization) and ‘postcolonial' (as critique), the paper traces how elements of the latter permeated what Paddison and colleagues claimed about the former. A sensitivity to urban ‘models', histories and geographies beyond the Global North was evident, anticipating subsequent postcolonial moves to engage fully with the possibilities of multiple ‘other' urban trajectories, lives, plans and capacities for change. It is also suggested that, inspired by Janet Abu-Lughod, Paddison and colleagues were working towards a postcolonial ‘comparative urbanism'.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Arab city, comparative urbanism, post-colonial city, postcolonialism, urban planning.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Philo, Professor Christopher and Laurie, Dr Emma
Authors: Laurie, E., and Philo, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Space and Polity
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-1235
Published Online:09 July 2020

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