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The Blackwell City Reader
     

The Blackwell City Reader

by Gary Bridge (Editor), Sophie Watson (Editor)
 

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At a time when cities are firmly back on the agenda, this Reader brings together work by prestigious academics, literary figures, political economists, geographers, film theorists, urban planners and gender theorists in order to challenge established ways of thinking about urban life.

  • Develops a new framework for interpreting cities.

Overview

At a time when cities are firmly back on the agenda, this Reader brings together work by prestigious academics, literary figures, political economists, geographers, film theorists, urban planners and gender theorists in order to challenge established ways of thinking about urban life.

  • Develops a new framework for interpreting cities.
  • Includes a variety of voices from literary figures to academics.
  • Takes a global approach, looking at western and non-western cities.
  • Combines canonical texts with contemporary theories on urban life.
  • Can be used alongside 'A Companion to the City' (Blackwell Publishers, 2000).

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631225140
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Readers in Geography Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
600
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.29(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"The sheer range of city voices in this Reader means that it is both authoritative and at the same time sympathetic to diversity. An indispensable guide to where it's at in the modern city."
Nigel Thrift, University of Bristol

"This is an outstanding collection. With editorial flair it brings together the most important commentaries on urban life from a wide range of disciplines. It contains some of the best and most insightful writing on the city to date. As such this book transcends the limits of academic endeavour and becomes a cultural intervention in its own right."
Angela McRobbie, Goldsmith's College, University of London

Meet the Author

Gary Bridge is Senior Lecturer in the School of Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the co-editor of A Companion to the City (Blackwell Publishing, 2000).

Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She is the co-author of Surface City: Sydney at the Millennium (1997) and co-editor of Postmodern Cities and Spaces (Blackwell Publishing, 1995), Metropolis Now (1994) and A Companion to the City (Blackwell Publishing 2000), among other publications.

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