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Unlearning [Un]Located Ideas in the Provincialization of Urban Theory
Florida State University.
Durham University.
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. University of Cape Town. (KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6415-4821
Florida State University.
2016 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 50, no 9, 1611-1622 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016. Vol. 50, no 9, 1611-1622 p.
Keyword [en]
urbananization, urban theory, theory from the South, Global South, urban studies
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
History of Science, Technology and Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192251DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1162288ISI: 000380373900012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84965041851OAI: 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.
Swedish Research Council Formas, 211-2011-1519

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Corection in ”Correction in: Regional Studies, 2016, vol. 50, issue. 9, page. EI-EI. Doi: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1189117, WOS: 000380373900001

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