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Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age
     

Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age

by Eugene McCann
 

Mobile Urbanism provides a unique set of perspectives on the current global-urban condition. Drawing on cutting-edge theoretical work, leading geographers reveal that cities are not isolated objects of study; rather, they are dynamic, global–local assemblages of policies, practices, and ideas.

The essays in this volume argue for a theorizing of both

Overview


Mobile Urbanism provides a unique set of perspectives on the current global-urban condition. Drawing on cutting-edge theoretical work, leading geographers reveal that cities are not isolated objects of study; rather, they are dynamic, global–local assemblages of policies, practices, and ideas.

The essays in this volume argue for a theorizing of both urban policymaking and place-making that understands them as groups of territorial and relational geographies. It broadens our comprehension of agents of transference, reconceiving how policies are made mobile, and acknowledging the importance of interlocal policy mobility. Through the richness of its empirical examples from Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia, contributors bring to light the significant methodological challenges that researchers face in the study of an urban–global, territorial–relational conceptualization of cities and suggest productive new approaches to understanding urbanism in a networked world.

Contributors: S. Harris Ali, York U, Toronto; Allan Cochrane, Open U; Roger Keil , York U, Toronto; Doreen Massey, Open U; Donald McNeill, U of Western Sydney; Jamie Peck, U of British Columbia; Jennifer Robinson, University College London.

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From the Publisher

"At the core of this book is the recognition that far and near no longer be taken for granted. This makes it possible to explore geographies of responsibility as they stretch across space, highlighting linkages that are otherwise rather too easy to avoid. It also makes it possible to explore the ways in which apparently distant phenomena can be drawn in by political actors to reinforce their position, to develop political initiatives, resolve or generate political controversy, and build political power and authority." —Allan Cochrane, from the Foreword

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816656295
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
04/06/2011
Series:
Globalization and Community Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Eugene McCann is associate professor of geography at Simon Fraser University. Kevin Ward is professor of human geography at the University of Manchester.

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