Understanding the Urban

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This interdisciplinary book examines the contemporary nature and possible futures of cities in a postindustrial and globalized world. Considering urban plans as complex systems and as products of collective human action, Byrne draws on urban history, geography, sociology, and studies from the developed, developing, and former soviet systems. He describes the crucial processes of the restructuring of urban employment, the creation of the built ...

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Overview

This interdisciplinary book examines the contemporary nature and possible futures of cities in a postindustrial and globalized world. Considering urban plans as complex systems and as products of collective human action, Byrne draws on urban history, geography, sociology, and studies from the developed, developing, and former soviet systems. He describes the crucial processes of the restructuring of urban employment, the creation of the built environment, and the transformation of "culture" in cities.

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"This volume brings together interesting reflexive arguments on how analysts come to know and act on the city." —Choice
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This study of modern cities draws from the theory and empirical research of a variety of disciplines. Modern urban areas are considered in terms of their historical and political contexts, according to their roles in industrial and post-industrial economies, as centers of community and culture, and as the product of collective human action. Byrne (sociology and social policy, University of Durham) specifically discusses the restructuring of the urban environment, the place of cities in the global economy, and urban politics and governance. ^ Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333724286
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
• The City at the Beginning of a New Millennium
• The Genesis and the Implications of the Postindustrial City
• Locality and Community: the Significance of Place
• Grounding the Global: Cities in a World System
• The Divided City: the Ecology of Postindustrial Places
• Culture and the Urban: Commodity, Understanding and Resource
• The Production and Reproduction of the Built Environment
• Politics and Governance in Urban Places
• Conclusion
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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