Real Estate and Global Urban History

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Real estate – capitalist private property in land and buildings
– is the ground of modern cities, materially, politically, and
economically. It is foundational to their development and core to much
theoretical work on the urban environment. It is also a central, pressing
matter of political contestation in contemporary cities. Yet it remains
largely without a history. This Element examines the modern city as a
propertied space, defining real estate as a technology of (dis)
possession and using this definition to move across scales of analysis,
from the local spatiality of particular built spaces to the networks of
legal, political, and economic imperatives that constitute property and
operate at national and international levels. This combination of
territorial embeddedness with more wide-ranging institutional
relationships charts a route to an urban history that allows the city to
speak as a global agent and artefact without dispensing with the role of
states and local circumstance.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781108797115
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Publication series

NameElements in Global Urban History