Special Issue "Urbanization, the Law, and the Land"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Diane E. Davis

Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Interests: politics of urbanization, governance, transportation, urban conflict, sovereignty
Guest Editor
Dr. Sai Balakrishnan

Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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Interests: land use transformation, spatial form, agrarian-urban processes, property rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It has become a truism that rapid urbanization is the watchword of our era.  In response to this reality, scholars have paid growing attention to the global economic dynamics that privilege real estate operations and other capital accumulation strategies that are transforming cities while also generating new territorial connections across hinterlands, regions, and the globe. But how do such largescale processes unfold on the ground and at the scale of the city and its peripheries, and with what implications for land use, property rights, governance arrangements, and citizenship? How contested are contemporary patterns of urbanization and their socio-spatial impacts, and by whom? How have new regulatory arrangements, financing mechanisms, and/or alternative political or legal strategies been marshalled to streamline or mitigate the most egregious effects of ongoing changes in city form? With these questions as a backdrop, this Special Issue examines the ways that the law and the land serve as mobilizing resources for city builders and their antagonists, asking whether and how conflict over these resources—and who controls them—is influencing equity, citizenship, and urban or territorial sovereignties. We are particularly interested in papers that explore similarities, differences, and/or transnational connections across cities of the global North and South, as well as those that highlight the role that agency and historical specificity play in generating urban outcomes.

Dr. Diane E. Davis
Dr. Sai Balakrishnan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • land-use conflicts
  • urban citizenship
  • new territories of urbanization

Published Papers

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