The Urban Moment: Cosmopolitan Essays on the Late 20th Century City

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The modern city extends beyond its physical borders, pervading all aspects of our society. From corporate globalization and political upheaval to educational reform and ethnic social movements, the city is the first to experience massive change. While less populous regions look on for inspiration, the city acts and reacts, creating and shaping the world's future. Celebrating 30 years of Sage's Urban Affairs Reviews, volume editors Robert A. Beauregard and Sophie Body-Gendrot, with a gathering of the best and brightest in urban scholarship, share their passion for the city as we approach the 21st century. From an interdisciplinary perspective, critical urban theorists explore a variety of discourses for representing the contemporary city. Considering the city's social and physical articulations, the prospects for continued democracy and civic engagement, and interpretations of a "good city," these essays represent the cutting edge of urban studies.

The Urban Moment: Cosmopolitan Essays on the Late 20th Century City is a provocative examination of urban theory, offering European, North American, and South American perspectives. An exciting and comprehensive addition to the series, this book is critical for Urban Studies scholars as well as those studying the city in sociological, political, or cultural disciplines.

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Editorial Reviews

Brings together some of the most influential and distinguished urban scholars of the late 20th century to focus on the nature of the city. Contributors address the importance of urban settlement and the fragility of the democratic city in the face of the fluidity and uncertainty brought on by recent global, economic, and cultural forces. Essays are at once clearly representative of urbanism in its various spatial and cultural manifestations, but not so particular as to avoid the globalization of urbanism. Some topics include urban regions and the cyberspace matrix, transnationalism and the city, and transients and public life. This is the last volume in the series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761914846
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Series: Urban Affairs Annual Reviews Series , #49
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

From the Series Editors
1 Imagined Cities, Engaged Citizens 3
Pt. I Dilemmas of Representation
2 Invitation to a Postmodern Urbanism 25
3 Crossing CyberCities: Urban Regions and the Cyberspace Matrix 51
4 The Post-City Challenge 79
Pt. II Global Perspectives
5 Whose City Is It? Globalization and the Formation of New Claims 99
6 Transnationalism and the City 119
7 The Urban World Through a South African Prism 141
Pt. III Civic Engagement
8 A City for Whom? Transients and Public Life in the Second-Generation Metropolis 155
9 Which New Urbanism? New York City and the Revanchist 1990s 185
10 Urban Movements and Urban Theory in the Late-20th-Century City 209
Pt. IV Prescriptive Visions
11 (Promised) Scenes of Urbanity 241
12 Can We Make the Cities We Want? 249
13 The Spaces of Democracy 273
Index 287
About the Contributors 291
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