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Thursday, April 5 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.16 Urbanizing Regions in the Global South: A Comparative Perspective

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This proposed panel features new work that explores alternative paths of theorizing urban processes. Since around 2008, the field of global urban studies has seen a gradual paradigm shift. Neoliberalism has been increasingly called into question for its lack of explanatory power for processes of urban restructuring that do not conform to the model of post-Fordism and deindustrialization as seen in West Europe and North America since the 1970s. The critique is especially launched by postcolonial scholars, who value local particularities and question both economism and over-determinacy in conventional political economy analyses. However, many scholars working on cities in the global South find an uncomfortable theoretical fit with both neoliberalism and its postcolonial critiques. From a comparative perspective, the five papers explore new conceptual frameworks by examining housing, land, regional planning, and environmental issues in urbanizing regions in the global South.

Moderator: Xuefei Ren, Michigan State University 

Towards Inclusive Cities: Strategies and Outcomes of Community Organizations Across Latin America and Africa
Maureen Donaghy, Rutgers University, Camden; Jeffrey Paller, University of San Francisco

Agrarian Urbanisms: Locating Urbanisms Beyond the City 
Shubhra Guruani, York University

“Land Grabbing” in China and India: The Political Economy of Land Acquisition in an Autocracy and a Multi-Party Democracy
Lynette Ong, University of Toronto

Up in the Air: Clean Air Campaigns in Beijing and Delhi
Xuefei Ren, Michigan State University

The Greater Bay Area in China: A New Paradigm or Old Wine?
Lin Ye, Sun Yat-Sen University

Thursday April 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
Willow East (Mezzanine Floor)