Cities in relations : trajectories of urban development in by Ola Söderström

By Ola Söderström

Cities in Relations advances a unique frame of mind approximately city transformation by way of concentrating on transnational kinfolk in the slightest degree constructed countries.

  • Examines the final twenty years of city improvement in Hanoi, Vietnam, and in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Considers the ways that a city’s relationships with different areas affects its city development
  • Provides clean principles for comparative city reports that flow past discussions of financial and coverage factors
  • Offers a clear and concise narrative followed through greater than forty five pictures and maps

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From a methodological point of view, this book takes debates about comparative urbanism further by developing new forms of relational comparison. Throughout the different chapters I compare the worlds of relations of two cities through time – instead of focusing 26 Cities in Relations on the relations between them – and how they have generated crucial changes in both cities. Comparing relations and how they are territorialized brings a nuanced understanding of how ordinary cities have developed during the past couple of decades, beyond rehearsed and generic narratives of “transition” and “globalization”.

2007; Clarke, 2012a; Nijman, 2007; Ward, 2008). In this context, political scientists Kantor and Savitch (2005) have provided interesting guidelines for a systematic comparison of urban politics. Comparison, they argue (2005: 136), should: (a) be governed by an explicit theoretical framework; (b) use common categories; and (c) make comparisons throughout the work. Their own comparative study looks at cities’ bargaining strategies aimed at getting political support for, and capital investment in, their development (Savitch and Kantor, 2002).

This is determined by the fact that economic transition began in both cities in the early 1990s. However, some of the material covers 2010–2012 or, when necessary as historical background, periods before 1990. I study first the intensity, dimensions, and orientation of Hanoi’s and Ouagadougou’s transnational relations by using available comparable statistical data. This allows me to describe and compare the trajectories of globalization of these two cities since 1990 (Chapter 2) and to provide a background for the following thematic chapters (Chapters 3–6), concentrating on how relations generate urban change.

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