The settler colonial city in three movements

Michael Simpson, David W Hugill*

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This paper traces the trajectory of scholarship on the settler colonial city and argues that this literature could pay closer attention to the dynamic circulations, movements, and mobilities that constitute and sustain urban space. It foregrounds the ways that the movement of commodities, capital, and people must be assiduously managed in order to preserve settler colonial relations in the city and beyond. Building on existing work, it argues that “settler colonial urbanism” operates as a regime of spatial management which is connected to other sites of racial capitalist extraction and accumulation across global space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1311-1330
Number of pages20
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number6
Early online date26 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • Urban geography
  • Settler colonialsim
  • Infrastructure
  • Circulation
  • Racial capitalism
  • Mobility


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