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DE-densifying knowledge of cityness

Ruszczyk, Hanna

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I do not see the city through increasing population density. I do not see tight spaces ruled by horizontal nor vertically densification. I see regional cities, increasingly common spaces throughout the world whose geographic boundaries are expanding, where cities are becoming visibly ruralized. Cities that are full of agricultural fields that are rapidly disappearing to accommodate residents desires for housing. Where population density is decreasing and the rural population does not understand what it means to be a resident of the city and furthermore, does not possess knowledge of cityness. I reflect on density through ruralization where people carry their past into their present habitus. People use their history and their knowledge to make sense of their new-found engagement and residency in cities. The concept of density is always about something else. In this understanding of density, it is about power, politics and relationships. Density is about the evolution of new roles and relations in cities that are being expanded or being formed. I see an on-going DE-densification of knowledge of cityness. Thinking about densification as knowledge and from the perspective of the rural has the potential to profoundly destabilize what we consider the urban throughout the world.


Ruszczyk, H. (2020). DE-densifying knowledge of cityness. Urban Geography, 41(10), 1267-1273.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 28, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 12, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 12, 2021
Journal Urban Geography
Print ISSN 0272-3638
Electronic ISSN 1938-2847
Publisher Bellweather Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 10
Pages 1267-1273


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Copyright Statement
This is an original manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Urban Geography on 12 November 2020 available online: Ruszczyk, H.A. (2020) ‘DE-densifying knowledge of cityness’ for a special issue on DENCITY of Urban Geography edited by Professor Colin McFarlane.

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