The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography

  • Italo Pardo
  • Giuliana B. Prato

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Paradigmatic Reflections

  3. Everyday Practices and Challenges

  4. Coping with Economic and Political Agendas

  5. Urban Planning and Local Instances

  6. Change and Grassroots Dynamics

  7. Transnational Urbanities

  8. Urbanity Beyond the City

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 563-575

About this book


These ethnographically-based studies of diverse urban experiences across the world present cutting edge research and stimulate an empirically-grounded theoretical reconceptualization. The essays identify ethnography as a powerful tool for making sense of life in our rapidly changing, complex cities. They stress the point that while there is no need to fetishize fieldwork—or to view it as an end in itself —its unique value cannot be overstated. These active, engaged researchers have produced essays that avoid abstractions and generalities while engaging with the analytical complexities of ethnographic evidence. Together, they prove the great value of knowledge produced by long-term fieldwork to mainstream academic debates and, more broadly, to society.


Urban anthropology Policy Urban development Cultural heritage Marketization of cities Neighbourhood Cultures Urban India Gentrification Multiculturalism Religious Landscapes Urban Ethnography Secondary Cities Everyday Mobility Post-industrial City urban transformation Urbanists urban utopia City decline urban renewal working-class neighborhood

Editors and affiliations

  • Italo Pardo
    • 1
  • Giuliana B. Prato
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Anthropology and ConservationUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Anthropology and ConservationUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom

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