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The Geographies of Urban Density: Topology, Politics and the City

McFarlane, C.

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As the world increasingly urbanizes, the imaginaries, conceptions and politics of urban density will become increasingly urgent for research, policy, practice and activism. Density is a keyword in the history of how the city has been conceived and understood, and is firmly back on the global urban agenda. However, we lack sustained studies of how the geographies of density have been defined, lived, and contested. This paper develops a topological approach to urban density, considers key ways in which density has been politicized, and examines an emerging research area that understands the life and politics of density as ‘intensive heterogeneities’.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2015
Online Publication Date Oct 7, 2015
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Deposit Date Aug 12, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 30, 2015
Journal Progress in Human Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1325
Electronic ISSN 1477-0288
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 5
Pages 629-648
Keywords Density, Intensive heterogeneity, Topography, Topology, Urban theory.
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McFarlane, C. (2016) 'The geographies of urban density : topology, politics and the city.', Progress in human geography., 40 (5). pp. 629-648. Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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