Making Cities Global
The Transnational Turn in Urban History
New perspectives on how cities have become transnational, edited by A.K. Sandoval-Strausz and Nancy H. Kwak. My chapter explores the attempted erasure of a Mexican barrio in suburban Los Angeles in the name of globalized higher education
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About The Book
The essays in the collection revolve around three foundational themes. The first is an emphasis on connections among the United States, East and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and South Asia. Second, contributors ground their studies of globalization in the built environments and everyday interactions of the city, because even world-spanning practices must be understood as people experience them in their neighborhoods, workplaces, stores, and streets. Last is a fundamental concern with the role powerful empires and nation-states play in the emergence of globalizing and urbanizing processes.
Making Cities Global argues that combining urban history with a transnational approach leads to a richer understanding of our increasingly interconnected world. In order to achieve prosperity, peace, and sustainability in metropolitan areas in the present and into the future, we must understand their historical origins and development.
Contributors: Erica Allen-Kim, Leandro Benmergui, Matt Garcia, Richard Harris, Carola Hein, Nancy Kwak, Carl Nightingale, Amy C. Offner, Margaret O’Mara, Nikhil Rao, A. K. Sandoval-Strausz, Arijit Sen, Thomas J. Sugrue.
“With this collection, Sandoval-Strausz and Kwak have gathered transnational perspectives necessary for any truly global urban history, namely, a world beyond the well-established North Atlantic conversation. This is a much-needed volume.”
—Christopher Klemek, George Washington University