The Urban Moment: Cosmopolitan Essays on the Late 20th Century City / Edition 1

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The modern city extends beyond its physical borders, pervading all aspects of our society. Celebrating 30 years of Sage's Urban Affairs Review, this book examines the state of the city as we enter 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 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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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: 9780761914853
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Series: Urban Affairs Annual Reviews Series, #49
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Imagined Cities, Engaged Citizens - S Body-Gendrot and R A Beauregard
Invitation to a Postmodern Urbanism - S Flusty and M Dear
Crossing Cybersities - M C Boyer
Urban Regions and the Cyberspace Matrix
The Post-City Challenge - T Paquot
Whose City Is It? - S Sassen
Globalization and the Formation of New Claims
Transnationalism and the City - M P Smith
The Urban World Through A South African Prism - A Mabin
A City For Whom? - G Martinotti
Transients and Public Life in the Second Generation Metropolis
Which New Urbanism? - N Smith
New York City and the Revanchist 1990s
Urban Movements and Urban Theory in the Late 20th-Century City - M Mayer
(Promised) Scenes of Urbanity - C Ruby
Can We Make the Cities We Want? - S S Fainstein
The Spaces of Democracy - R Sennett
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