Urbanism and Marginality in the Global South: II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Bonaparte, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Aparna Parikh
Chairs: A. Marie Ranjbar


This session will investigate relationships between neoliberal urbanization and marginal labor in the Global South. The production and maintenance of neoliberal spaces depends on a variegated labor force, large numbers of whom are marginalized and rendered invisible in narratives of modernization. This session aims to focus on research examining narratives of differentially marginalized workforces to reveal contradictions within processes of neoliberal urbanization in numerous global contexts.

Feminist scholars have long examined intimate, everyday experiences as starting points to unravel the workings of global capitalism (see, for example Wright 2006; Katz 2001; Peake and Rieker 2013). These examinations suggest that “not only do global processes enact themselves on local ground but local processes and small scale actors might be seen as the very fabric of globalization” (Freeman 2001 in Mountz and Hyndman 2006, emphasis in original). This session seeks to focus on research analyzing experiences of this “fabric” to reveal the embedded particularity of neoliberalism in a certain location (Brenner and Theodore 2002), as well as its implications for other contexts. Possible themes for this session include, but are not limited to:

- Relations across scale, and significance of the everyday (see, for example Herod and Wright 2002; Mountz and Hyndman 2006; Pratt and Rosner 2012)
- Postcolonial urbanism and the politics of difference (see, for example Roy and Ong 2011; McFarlane and Robinson 2012; Varley 2013)
- Thinking from the margins, and the Global South as a site of theory production (see, for example Roy 2005; Rao 2006; Derickson 2015)

Through these themes, this session hopes to investigate how everyday processes of marginalization can illuminate the workings of global structures of oppression; as enacted through capitalist, patriarchal and racist systems.

Works cited:

Brenner, Neil, and Nik Theodore. 2002. “Cities and the Geographies of ‘actually Existing Neoliberalism.’” Antipode 34 (3): 349–379.
Derickson, Kate D. 2015. “Urban Geography I: Locating Urban Theory in the ‘urban Age.’” Progress in Human Geography 39 (5): 647–657.
Herod, Andrew, and Melissa W. Wright. 2002. Geographies of Power: Placing Scale. Blackwell Malden, MA.
Katz, Cindi. 2001. “Vagabond Capitalism and the Necessity of Social Reproduction.” Antipode 33 (4): 709–728.
McFarlane, Colin, and Jennifer Robinson. 2012. “Introduction—experiments in Comparative Urbanism.” Urban Geography 33 (6): 765–773.
Mountz, Alison, and Jennifer Hyndman. 2006. Feminist Approaches to the Global Intimate. JSTOR.
Peake, Linda, and Martina Rieker. 2013. “Rethinking Feminist Interventions Into the Urban.” Interrogating Feminist Understandings of the Urban, 1.
Pratt, Geraldine, and Victoria Rosner. 2012. The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time. Columbia University Press. Rao, Vyjayanthi. 2006. “Slum as Theory: The South/Asian City and Globalization.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30 (1): 225–32. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2427.2006.00658.x.
Roy, Ananya. 2005. “Urban Informality: Toward an Epistemology of Planning.” Journal of the American Planning Association 71 (2): 147–58. doi:10.1080/01944360508976689.
Roy, Ananya, and Aihwa Ong. 2011. Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global. Vol. 41. John Wiley & Sons.
Varley, Ann. 2013. “Postcolonialising Informality?” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31 (1): 4–22. doi:10.1068/d14410.
Wright, Melissa. 2006. Disposable Women and Other Myths of Globalization. London: Taylor and Francis.


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Presenter Garth Myers*, Trinity College, Reconceptualizing Planetary Urbanization: Looking at Hartford from its Global Southern Heart 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Sara H. Smith*, University of North Carolina, Mabel Denzin Gergan, Georgetown University, Reconfiguring Mountain Margins in India’s World Cities 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Kate Derickson University of Minnesota 20 11:20 AM

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