The City

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This book is a fresh and engaging analysis of the city as acentral concept in contemporary social thought. It probes thecontested and negotiated ways in which cities are built,understood, lived and imagined. Taking a thematic approach anddrawing on a range of theoretical, methodological and empiricalpoints of reference, it examines such subjects as urban inequality,public space, creative cities, globalization, the night-timeeconomy, suburbia, and memory and emotion.

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Overview

This book is a fresh and engaging analysis of the city as acentral concept in contemporary social thought. It probes thecontested and negotiated ways in which cities are built,understood, lived and imagined. Taking a thematic approach anddrawing on a range of theoretical, methodological and empiricalpoints of reference, it examines such subjects as urban inequality,public space, creative cities, globalization, the night-timeeconomy, suburbia, and memory and emotion.

In The City Deborah Stevenson argues that, as theoriesand concepts shape what is known about cities and urban life, it isnecessary to build conceptual frameworks that engage with theintersections and tensions between urban processes and trends, aswell as with the complexities of everyday urban life.

This book’s combination of original insight and criticalsynthesis will make it an invaluable contribution for aninternational, interdisciplinary readership of students andscholars in sociology, geography, urban studies and wider socialscience and the humanities.

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"An engaging and rewarding read."
City

"Concise yet authoritative, The City provides an accessibleoverview of current debates in urban sociology, with excellentcoverage of questions of emotion and encounter in the everydaycity. Situating such issues in the context of urban globalprocesses, Deborah Stevenson provides a remarkable range of casestudies which illuminate and intrigue."
Phil Hubbard, University of Kent

"Drawing together interdisciplinary insights from acrosssociology, geography and urban studies more generally, this clearand highly readable book provides a series of engaging andinformative cuts on the contemporary urban condition as material,imagined and lived. Its multi-focal lens and interdisciplinaryframe will make it a valuable resource for urban scholars andstudents alike."
Pauline McGuirk, University of Newcastle, Australia

"Deborah Stevenson’s overview of the contemporary city isboth impressive and enlightening. Her ability to stand back fromthe welter of ideas and empirical analyses of the present-day city,in both the global North and South, and to identify the main themesand issues surrounding their development, makes this book anessential read for those wanting to gain an overall appreciation ofthe urban condition."
Ronan Paddison, University of Glasgow

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745648903
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Series: Polity Key Concepts in the Social Sciences Series , #47
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,530,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Stevenson is Professor of Sociology and Urban Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Theoretical City: Concepts and Frameworks
Chapter 2: Material City: Economies and Inequalities
Chapter 3: Everyday City: Diversity and Predictability
Chapter 4: Dark City: Regulation and Stimulation
Chapter 5: Emotional City: Memory, Belief and Passion
Chapter 6: Global City: Hierarchies and the Urban‘Other'
Chapter 7: Imagined City: Visions and Brands
Chapter 8: Concepts of the City and Beyond
Bibliography

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