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Elements for a New Epistemology of the Urban1
Elements for a New Epistemology of the Urban
Neil Brenner Christian Schmid

A new concept is animating debates on the urban question: planetary urbanization. What was only a few years ago no more than a preliminary hypothesis, significantly inspired by Henri Lefebvre's (2003 [1970]) conception of a worldwide ‘urban revolution,’ has now become a vibrant theoretical approach that is being applied across divergent terrains of urban research around the world. It is also provoking some intense, sometimes polemical debates on the appropriate conceptualization, methodology, site, scale and focal point for urban research today..

The guiding thread of our own efforts to theorize planetary urbanization is the exploration of an apparently ...

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