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The Palgrave Handbook of Urban Ethnography

  • Italo Pardo
  • Giuliana B. Prato
  • Presents a range of topics, such as work, employment, and informality; everyday life and community relations; marginalization, gender, family, kinship, religion and ethnicity; and political strategies and social movements in historical and transnational perspectives

  • Points to new topical debates and charts new theoretical directions

  • Encourages reflection on the significance of the anthropological paradigm in urban research and its centrality to mainstream academic debates


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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257

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

About the editors

Italo Pardo is Honorary Reader at the University of Kent, UK, and Founding President of the International Urban Symposium, a non-profit association. He co-edits the journal Urbanities - Journal of Urban Ethnography and the book series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology.

Giuliana B. Prato is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent, UK, and a founding member of the International Urban Symposium. She is also Chair of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology and a co-editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology.

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