The Blackwell City Reader / Edition 2

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Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, this new edition of The Blackwell City Reader brings together a wide range of essential readings relating to the analysis and experience of cities across the globe. Selections are carefully gathered from a variety of academic disciplines ranging from architecture, sociology, and literature to cultural studies, philosophy, and even psychoanalysis to provide the most diverse perspectives and in-depth coverage of the field. The New edition incorporates major developments in the study of materialities and mobilities, two areas at the heart of many contemporary debates; it also features enhanced coverage on non-Western cities that reflect recent growth trends, especially in Asia, China, and India, making it the most international reader of its kind.

The Blackwell City Readers, Second Edition combines established and novel readings from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and geographical locales to provide an indispensable source for the most up-to-date thinking on cities of today and tomorrow.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Blackwell City Reader is an excellent volume, with a generous, innovative and imaginative selection of texts. Overall, the Blackwell City Reader is more than the sum of its parts, providing powerful and diverse glances at where city (and urban geography) is going." (International Journal of Enviromental Studies)

"Arguably the most striking feature of this collection is the interdisciplinary nature of the writings, highlighting a changing approach to urban research which realizes that a rich analysis of the city can no longer be divided into traditional disciplines.... Together the two books offer a stimulating collection of readings that will be widely consulted by sociologists, geographers and anyone concerned with the contemporary developments of urban life, and should not be missed by those interested in urban studies." (Progress in Human Geography)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405189828
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 770,417
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Bridge is Professor of Urban Studies at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. He is the author of Reason in the City of Difference: Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (2005) and co-editor of Gentrification in a Global Context (with Rowland Atkinson, 2005), and A Companion to the City (with Sophie Watson, 2000).

Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She is the author of, among other publications, City Publics: The (Dis)enchantments of Urban Encounters (2006), co-author of Markets as Sites for Social Interaction: Spaces of Diversity (with David Studdert, 2006), and Surface City: Sydney at the Millennium (with Peter Murphy, 1997), and co-editor (with Katherine Gibson) of Postmodern Cities and Spaces (1995) and Metropolis Now (1994).

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments x

Introduction 1

Part I Materialities 3

Introducing Materialities 5

1 The Great Towns Friedrich Engels 11

2 Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West William Cronon 17

3 The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis David Harvey 32

4 An Introduction to the Information Age Manuel Castells 40

5 Metropolis: From the Division of Labor to Urban Form Allen J. Scott 49

6 The Economic Base of Contemporary Cities Ash Amin 60

7 The Making of Global City Regions: Mumbai: The Mega-City of a Poor Country Sujata Patel 72

8 Urban Political Ecology, Justice and the Politics of Scale Erik Swyngedouw Nikolas C. Heynen 79

9 Moving Cities: Rethinking the Materialities of Urban Geographies Alan Latham Derek P. McCormack 86

Part II Mobilities 95

Introducing Mobilities 97

10 The Metropolis and Mental Life Georg Simmel 103

11 The Practice of Everyday Life Michel de Certeau 111

12 The Arcades Project Walter Benjamin 119

13 The Global City: Introducing a Concept Saskia Sassen 126

14 Postborder Cities, Postborder World: The Rise of Bajalta California Michael Dear Héctor Manuel Lucero 133

15 Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger Arjun Appadurai 138

16 Connections John Urry 144

17 Driving in the City Nigel Thrift 152

18 Urban Transport in Chinese Cities: The Impact on the Urban Poor Zhong-Ren Peng Yi Zhu 159

Part III Division and Difference 169

Introducing Division and Difference 171

19 The Continuing Causes of Segregation Douglas S. Massey Nancy A. Denton 177

20 The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass and Public Policy William Julius Wilson 186

21 City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles Mike Davis 193

22 After Tompkins Square Park: Degentrification and the Revanchist City Neil Smith 201

23 The S.U.V. Model of Citizenship: Floating Bubbles, Buffer Zones, and the Rise of the "Purely Atomic" Individual Don Mitchell 211

24 Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Michel Foucault 221

25 The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference Iris Marion Young 228

26 City A/Genders Sophie Watson 237

27 Building Gay Neighborhood Enclaves: The Village and Harlem George Chauncey 243

Part IV Urban Publics and Urban Cultures 253

Introducing Urban Publics and Urban Cultures 255

28 The Public Realm Richard Sennett 261

29 The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jane Jacobs 273

30 China Urban: Health, Wealth and the Good Life Nancy N. Chen 278

31 Spatializing Culture: The Social Construction of Public Space in Costa Rica Setha M. Low 284

32 Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World Sharon Zukin 293

33 City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London Judith R. Walkowitz 303

34 Homo Palpitans: Balzac's Novels and Urban Personality Franco Moretti 311

35 Writing the City Peter Preston Paul Simpson-Housley 317

36 Imagining the Modern City: Light in Dark Spaces James Donald 323

Part V Urban Politics and Planning 331

Introducing Urban Politics and Planning 333

37 The Growth of the City Ernest W. Burgess 339

38 The City of Tomorrow and its Planning Le Corbusier 345

39 The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasília James Holston 355

40 Urbanism, Colonialism and the World-economy Anthony D. King 365

41 Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis Edward W. Soja 374

42 How to Study Urban Political Power John Hull Mollenkopf 382

43 Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place John R. Logan Harvey L. Molotch 391

44 New Directions in Planning Theory Susan S. Fainstein 402

45 Cities and the Geographies of "Actually Existing Neoliberalism" Neil Brenner Nik Theodore 411

46 China's Urban Transition: Backward into the Future John Friedmann 419

47 Planning the Competitive City-Region: The Emergence of Strategic Development Plan in China Fulong Wu Jingxing Zhang 428

Index 433

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