Unlearning [Un]Located Ideas in the Provincialization of Urban Theory
2016 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 50, no 9, 1611-1622 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Postcolonial scholars have argued for the provincialization of urban knowledge, but doing so remains an opaque process. This paper argues that explicit attention to 'learning to unlearn' unstated theoretical assumptions and normativities can aid in provincialization, and demonstrate ways in which theorizing entails a socio-spatial situation. The authors' efforts to grapple with operationalizing learning to unlearn in three different urban cases are described, followed by an articulation of strategies for theorizing which more explicitly acknowledge theory-building's situatedness as well as points of reflection for developing postcolonial urban theory. It is argued that this usefully shifts the focus of unlearning from 'who' is theorizing 'where' towards theory's unstated norms and assumptions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 50, no 9, 1611-1622 p.
urbananization, urban theory, theory from the South, Global South, urban studies
Research subject History of Science, Technology and Environment
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192251DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1162288ISI: 000380373900012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84965041851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-192251DiVA: diva2:967363
Lawhon, Mary, Jonathan D Silver, Henrik Ernstson, and Joe Pierce. 2016. “Unlearning [Un]Located Ideas in the Provincialization of Urban Theory.” Regional Studies 50 (9): 1611–22. doi:10.1080/00343404.2016.1162288.
FunderSwedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519
QC 201609122016-09-082016-09-082016-09-13Bibliographically approved