Community and City: Perspectives and Approaches in Urban Community Studies
Contemporary postmodern cities have witnessed the emergence of diverse urban communities that go far beyond either the traditional neighbourhood or even spatially liberated personal community. New urban phenomena include pop-up cities, guerrilla urbanism, bottom-up practices of community leisure, new urban movements, and “local” identities of modern nomads. These phenomena have yet to be explained.
Existing community-based approaches to urban policy (e.g. New Urbanism, programs for neighbourhood regeneration, urban revitalization, and creative place-making) may not be able to address the fact that these new urban phenomena emerge in postmodern cities and communities that are both fluid and mobile. If community is no longer static and stable with permanent bonds then the current approach to urban policy and spatial planning may no longer be effective.
The nature of contemporary urban communities, as well as processes of their creation and reproduction require investigation.
This session welcomes papers that explore these processes and address the problem of community as well as community-based urban policies in contemporary cities. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome.