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Yang, C.
Historicizing the smart cities: Genealogy as a method of critique for smart urbanism
(2020) Telematics and Informatics, 55, art. no. 101438,

DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2020.101438

Abstract
This study explores the utility of genealogy as a method of critiquing the history of the present in the smart cities. Taking a South Korean smart city of Songdo as a point of departure, this paper offers a genealogical understanding of a smart city that situates the current technics and technologies of data-driven urban governance within the broader context of South Korean history. Given the scarcity of a historically informed understanding of a smart city in the existing literatures on smart urbanism, this paper argues that a genealogical method helps us to counter the sweeping binarism that obscures the complexity and diversity of actually existing smart cities today. Through genealogy, this study underscores the multifaceted nature of the smart city, which consists of a combination of multiple urban diagrams that grows out of distinct problems and objectives of urban management – mobility, security, environment, and futurity. This paper illustrates how a smart city emerged out of multiple strings of history and problematizations that are contingently interweaved at a given time and space in multiple and diffused forms. © 2020 Elsevier Ltd

Author Keywords

Diagrams; Foucault; Genealogy; Smart city; Songdo; South Korea

Index Keywords
History, Regional planning; Data driven, Point of departures, Urban governance, Urban management; Smart city

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