Research Handbook on Urban Sociology


Research Handbook on Urban Sociology

9781800888890 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Miguel A. Martínez, Professor of Housing and Urban Sociology, Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 889 0 Extent: 656 pp
Emphasising the social, critical and situated dimensions of the urban, this comprehensive Research Handbook presents a unique collection of theoretical and empirical perspectives on urban sociology. Bringing together expert contributors from across the world, it provides a rich overview and research agenda for contemporary urban sociological scholarship.

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Emphasising the social, critical and situated dimensions of the urban, this comprehensive Research Handbook presents a unique collection of theoretical and empirical perspectives on urban sociology. Bringing together expert contributors from across the world, it provides a rich overview and research agenda for contemporary urban sociological scholarship.

Chapters highlight the macro-historical context of the urban, and conduct a critical and reflexive review of mainstream theories and concepts. They examine key debates in urban sociology, analysing varied approaches to gentrification, neighbourhood effects, race and gender. Looking beyond the dominant anglophone academic sphere, contributors explore case studies from diverse world regions and local settings. Ultimately, the Research Handbook clarifies and advances the wide range of contemporary sociological approaches to urban studies.

The Research Handbook on Urban Sociology will prove to be a vital read for researchers and students across sociology, geography, anthropology, urban planning and design, economics and political science. It will also be of great benefit to practitioners and policy-makers seeking to better understand the urban space.
Critical Acclaim
‘In the lively debates underpinning the globalised, multi-disciplinary field of “urban studies” (and more recently “urban science”), the question of the distinctiveness and continuous relevance of particular disciplines has been increasingly left aside. This Research Handbook is thus a welcome, thought-provoking and powerful contribution that demonstrates what “difference” a sociological angle to urban phenomena can make within urban studies. It offers a rich array of theoretical and empirical contributions on “the social” in urban processes, written by new generations of scholars from multiple linguistic traditions beyond the Anglophone world who revisit classical perspectives with recent critical and radical approaches.’
– Claire Colomb, University of Cambridge, UK

‘Standing on the shoulders of the “New Urban Sociology”, this Research Handbook manifests fresh and critical efforts in contemporary urban sociology to adjust the capacities of urban research to the global realities of the 2020s. With cutting-edge theorisations and rich empirical case studies from around the world it brings the accumulated knowledge of urban sociology to bear on the array of pressing current challenges, and at the same time reinvigorates the perspective of critical urban sociology within the interdisciplinary chorus of urban studies.’
– Margit Mayer, Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Freie Universität, Germany

‘What readers will find in-between these book covers is a Research Handbook in the original and productive sense: a book that provides comprehensive knowledge, covering a wide range of topics as well as geographies. This Handbook will provide food for thought and advance the ongoing conversation about urban sociology in its many facets.’
– Catharina Thörn, Gothenburg University, Sweden

‘In an excellent collection of essays that outline the contours defining urban sociology, we are introduced to a new perspective to comprehend contemporary urban sociological imagination. In this Research Handbook we can explore categories, analyse the discursive and distinguish it from the practices that structure the material, the political and the cultural as these are lived in relation to physical space. This Handbook of original research essays presents to us an incisive analysis of what sociology can offer to urban studies- a criticality and a reflexivity regarding received theories combining it with an empirical analysis of how capitalism and the state impact the urban, the complex ways structural inequalities and exclusions affect segregation and shape group agencies and how in turn, these affect urban forms and refashion them. A must read for all students, researchers and teachers.’
– Sujata Patel, University of Hyderabad, India and editor of Neoliberalism, Urbanization and Aspirations in Contemporary India

‘This rich and varied collection, focused on recent theory and research, will educate and stimulate students of the city from across the social sciences and the humanities.’
– Loïc Wacquant, University of California, Berkeley, US, and author of The Invention of the “Underclass” and Bourdieu in the City

‘An excellent overview that covers a rich and varied collection of urban sociological scholarship. Accessible, comprehensive, engaging, and always with a critical edge – this is a vital overview of recent thinking about cities. The collection gives space to up-and-coming young scholars from a variety of regional backgrounds, bringing both fresh air into long-established debates and offering new perspectives on what an urban sociology for the 21st century might look like. A must-read for urban scholars and students alike.’
– Matthias Bernt, Leibniz-Institute for Research on Society and Space, Germany, and author of The Commodification Gap
Contributors include: Nicolás Angelcos, Marie-Hélène Bacqué, Maren K. Boersma, Virg’lio Borges Pereira, Luca Sára Bródy, Tino Buchholz, Carlotta Caciagli, Clarissa Cordeiro de Campos, Özlem Çelik, Éric Charmes, Myrto Dagkouli-Kyriakoglou, Ibán Díaz-Parra, Mariana Fix, Javier Gil, Sophie Gonick, Margherita Grazioli, Andrej Holm, Mika Hyötyläinen, Defne Kadıoğlu, Samuel Kiriro, Sebastian Kohl, Jere Kuzmanić, Valesca Lima, Miguel A. Mart’nez, Miguel Montalva Barba, Do Young Oh, Sara Ortiz Escalante, Dominika V. Polanska, Beltrán Roca, Sonia Roitman, Max Rousseau, Bahar Sakızlıoğlu, Jorge Sequera, Ivana Socoloff, Naomi van Stapele, Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues, Blanca Valdivia, Lorenzo Vidal, Peter Walters, Ngai-Ming Yip, Ismael Yrigoy, Yunpeng Zhang

1 Introduction to the Research Handbook on Urban Sociology 1
Miguel A. Martínez

2 Social and critical features of urban sociology 26
Miguel A. Martínez
3 The capitalist local state, urban change, and social conflict 50
Özlem Çelik
4 The city in class perspective 65
Ibán Díaz-Parra and Beltrán Roca
5 The global city and other fetishes: financial foundations of a mirage 80
Mariana Fix
6 Rentier and homeowner cities: a long-run comparative history of urban tenure 98
Sebastian Kohl
7 The flaws of urban financialization and rentierism: not distribution, but
exploitation 110
Ismael Yrigoy

8 Renewing sociological research on the urban with Bourdieu 120
Virgílio Borges Pereira
9 Urban social ecology and neighbourhood effects revisited 135
Ngai-Ming Yip
10 Questioning the foundations: the embedded racism in urban sociology
theorization 151
Miguel Montalva Barba
11 Sociology of gentrification 167
Andrej Holm
12 Feminist urban sociology and social reproduction 188
Bahar Sakõzlõoğlu
13 Who cares? The moral architecture of urban conflict 202
Tino Buchholz and Jere Kuzmanić
14 Planetary urbanisation reloaded: a radical theory for the burning issues
of our time 219
Max Rousseau
15 Inhabiting the right to the city 236
Margherita Grazioli

16 Social mix and its critics. Reflections on housing policies 252
Marie-Hélène Bacqué and Éric Charmes
17 Producing and closing rent gaps: political and social dimensions 269
Defne Kadõoğlu
18 School choices and gentrification in late capitalist cities: the
neighbourhood as a distinction strategy of the middle class 285
Carlotta Caciagli
19 Use and abuse of the ghetto concept in Chilean urban sociology 299
Nicolás Angelcos
20 Processes of urban hyper-marginalisation under climate change:
examples from Angola and Mozambique 314
Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues
21 Crime, policing, and youth orientations towards urban futures 326
Naomi Van Stapele and Samuel Kiriro
22 Feminist urban planning: women transforming territories through
participatory action methods 341
Blanca Valdivia and Sara Ortiz Escalante

23 Financialization and the rescaling of large developers: the built
environment and national business groups 360
Ivana Socoloff
24 How Airbnb and short-term rentals push the frontier of financialisation
through housing assetisation 380
Javier Gil
25 From social housing to upscale regeneration: the pitfalls of residents’
participation in Dublin 398
Valesca Lima
26 Resisting the destruction of home: un-homing and homemaking in the
formation of political subjectivities 412
Dominika V. Polanska
27 Migrants, markets, movements: immigrants and housing as commodity
and right in Madrid 428
Sophie Gonick
28 Socially and culturally produced boundaries in housing access in
relation to sexuality 444
Myrto Dagkouli-Kyriakoglou
29 Urban squatting movements, the right to the city and solidarity
networks: the case of the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, Brazil 457
Clarissa Cordeiro de Campos
30 Urban commons in practice: housing cooperativism and city-making 472
Lorenzo Vidal

31 Structures and agents: re-scaling citizen participation in urban regeneration 492
Luca Sára Bródy
32 Temporalities and everyday lives of Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong 508
Maren K. Boersma
33 Urban public space and biopolitical social control 523
Jorge Sequera
34 The logic of informality in shaping urban collective action in the Global South 538
Sonia Roitman and Peter Walters
35 Rethinking China’s urbanisation through informal politics 552
Yunpeng Zhang
36 University as the nexus between the urban and the social 567
Do Young Oh
37 Looking forward: a research agenda for contemporary urban sociology 583
Mika Hyötyläinen and Miguel A. Martínez
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