Sustaining Urban Networks: The Social Diffusion of Large Technical Systems

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"Telecommunications, transportation, energy, and water supply networks have gained crucial importance in the functioning of modern social systems over the past 100 to 150 years. Sustaining Urban Networks studies the development of these networks and the economic, social, and environmental issues associated with it." Sustaining Urban Networks will be of interest to the growing interdisciplinary academic community interested in technological networks, their historical development, their social significance, their role in the functioning of cities, their economic regulation and their expansion in developing countries. It will also be useful reading for strategists in utility companies and governmental agencies.
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'The editors have done an outstanding job in selecting authors and in pushing them to deliver their best work.' - Urban Studies
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415324588
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Networked Cities Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : network systems revisited : the confounding nature of universal systems 1
Ch. 1 Gig@city : the rise of technological networks in daily life 15
Ch. 2 "Internetting" downtown San Francisco : digital space meets urban place 32
Ch. 3 Urban space and the development of networks : a discussion of the "splintering urbanism" thesis 48
Ch. 4 Social implications of infrastructure network interactions 67
Ch. 5 When networks are destabilized : user innovation and the UK fuel crisis 86
Ch. 6 Internet : the social construction of a "network ideology" 103
Ch. 7 The diffusion of information and communication technologies in lower-income groups : Cabinas De Internet in Lima, Peru 117
Ch. 8 Living in a network society : the imperative to connect 135
Ch. 9 Conflicts and the rise of users' participation in the Buenos Aires water supply concession, 1993-2003 151
Ch. 10 Reforming the municipal water supply service in Delhi : institutional and organizational issues 172
Ch. 11 Not too much but not too little : the sustainability of urban water services in New York, Paris and New Delhi 188
Ch. 12 Networks and the subversion of choice : an institutionalist manifesto 205
Afterword : after words 231
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