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The Scopic Regimes of Urban Neglect

Matthew Gandy interviews Ash Amin for Cityscapes

The Scopic Regimes of Urban Neglect

The latest issue of the South African journal Cityscapes includes a wide-ranging interview by Professor Matthew Gandy with Cambridge geographer Ash Amin about his recent work, including Arts of the political (Duke University Press, 2013).

Amin points to the many dystopian visions of the future that characterise the current era, and the contemporary neglect of the urban poor and their infrastructural rights, as well as the use of big data and smart technology in managing cities.

He is ambivalent about the premise that contemporary urban life can be mastered through large data sets. His doubts are methodological, concerning the limitations of numerical data, analytical technologies, and interpretative certainties.

Click here to view a PDF of the interview.


Ash Amin