An important contribution to academic conversations between history, social sciences, and comparative urban studies that explores the effects and limits of public action on urban lives.
- Examines the limits and effects of public action in urban settings and explores comparisons between cities commonly viewed as incommensurable
- Integrates historical and ethnographic methods and focuses on state formation, urbanization, and daily lives
- Addresses debates and controversies in comparative urban studies, history, political science, and urban anthropology
- Provides a systematic, comparative approach to the practices, processes, arrangements used to create boundaries, direct violence, and produce social, racial, gender, and generational differences