Edited by Nikolas Rose & Des Fitzgerald
Most of the world’s people now live in cities and millions have moved from the countryside to the rapidly growing megacities of the global south.
How does the urban experience shape the mental lives of those living in and moving to cities today? Sociologists study cities as centers of personal progress and social innovation, but also exclusion, racism, and inequality. Psychiatrists try to explain the high rates of mental disorders among urban dwellers, especially migrants.
But the split between the social and life sciences has hindered understanding of how urban experience is written into the bodies and brains of urbanites.