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Modernity, race and colonialism
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European cities: modernity, race and colonialism is a multidisciplinary collection of scholarly studies that sets out to rethink urban Europe from a race-conscious perspective, reflexively and critically aware of colonial entanglements and what came to be known as ‘‘modernity’’. The twelve original contributions engage various combinations of urban studies, postcolonial, decolonial and race critical theories. The results are empirical and theoretical analyses critically centring on the multiple ways in which race partakes in the production of urban space in the twenty-first-century former metropole. European cities across the East–West divide get in this way decentred and detached from dominant Eurocentric analyses and (self-)representations; viewed from global and historical perspectives, their aura of alleged ‘‘modernity’’ leaves the proscenium to offer the reader an opportunity to start imagining and understanding urban living and politics otherwise. After decades of rigorous critical race scholarship on various global urban regions, European cities is a comprehensive attempt to squarely centre race in analyses of urban Europe. The book may appeal to all students and learners both within and outside academia; scholars; activists; journalists; and policy makers interested in urban life, governance, planning, racism, Europe and colonialism.

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Rethinking the European urban
Noa K. Ha
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Giovanni Picker

This introduction sets out to explain the rationale of our edited volume and to introduce the eleven contributions included in the volume. In the first part, we lay out what seem to us as the two main limitations of Social Sciences scholarship on ‘The European City’, namely the silence on colonialism and the history of race, and the relegation of Eastern European urbanism to area studies. After discussing at length these two limitations, we underline the overall contribution of our book that we identify in establishing three thus-far missing connections. The first missing connection is between historical studies of colonialism and the twenty-first-century Sociology of urban Europe; the second connection is between contemporary studies of the relevance of race in urban Europe, and a lack of attention on race in theories of European urbanism. The third missing connection is between established theories of Eastern European cities and the scholarship on ‘Balkanism’ and the ‘East–West slope’. We then explain how the edited volume contributes to establish these three connections before presenting a summary of each chapter.

in European cities