The Blackwell City Reader

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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: 9780631225140
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Readers in Geography Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.29 (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

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Reading City Imaginations 1
Introduction 3
1 The Metropolis and Mental Life 11
2 From The City of Tomorrow and its Planning 20
3 From The Image of the City 30
4 From Dreaming the Rational City 39
5 Bodies in Space/Subjects in the City 46
6 From City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn 52
7 Literary Geography: Joyce, Woolf and the City 60
8 The Hem of Manhattan 71
9 From Bleak House 76
10 From Dubliners 80
11 From Mrs. Dalloway 86
12 From The Sea Wall 90
13 From Beirut Blues 93
Pt. II Reading Urban Economies 105
Introduction 107
14 The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis 116
15 An Introduction to the Information Age 125
16 From Metropolis: From the Division of Labor to Urban Form 135
17 Flexibilization Through Metropolis: The Case of Postfordist Seoul, Korea 147
18 From Globalization and its Discontents 161
19 From Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West 171
20 Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis 188
21 From Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World 197
22 Reinventing the Johannesburg Inner City 208
23 From The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project 219
24 From The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy 225
25 From Changing the Rules: The Politics of Liberalization and the Urban Informal Economy in Tanzania 229
Pt. III Reading Division and Difference 235
Introduction 237
26 The Growth of the City 244
27 From City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the US 251
28 From The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy 261
29 Bastee Eviction and Housing Rights: A Case of Dhaka, Bangladesh 270
30 After Tompkins Square Park: Degentrification and the Revanchist City 279
31 City A/genders 290
32 Bodies-Cities 297
33 From Geographies of Disability 304
34 From Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization 315
35 From City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles 323
Pt. IV Reading City Publics 333
Introduction 335
36 From The Fall of Public Man 342
37 From The Death and Life of Great American Cities 351
38 Spatializing Culture: The Social Construction of Public Space in Costa Rica 357
39 The Right to the City 367
40 From Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison 375
41 From The Practice of Everyday Life 383
42 From The Arcades Project 393
43 From Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics 401
44 From City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London 410
45 From The Sphinx in the City: Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women 419
46 The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference 430
47 The Overexposed City 440
Pt. V Reading Urban Interventions 449
Introduction 451
48 From Managerialism to Entrepreneurialism: The Transformation in Urban Governance in Late Capitalism 456
49 From Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place 464
50 From Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design in the Twentieth Century 477
51 From Collaborative Planning: Shaping Places in Fragmented Societies 490
52 Between Modernity and Postmodernity: The Ambiguous Position of US Planning 502
53 From The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia 513
54 From Urbanism, Colonialism, and the World-economy 524
55 The Dark Side of Modernism: Planning as Control of an Ethnic Minority 535
56 From Edge of Empire: Postcolonialism and the City 542
57 Mega-cities and the Urban Future: A Model for Replicating Best Practices 549
Index 559
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