Cities and the Knowledge Economy: Promise, Politics and Possibilities / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Taylor & Francis
This book provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary, international and comparative examination of the relationship between knowledge and urban development in the contemporary era. Through the lenses of promise, politics and possibility, it examines how different cities have sought to realize knowledge-based urban development and what this reveals about the relationship between politics, capitalism and knowledge production in cities.
The book argues that the 21st century city has been predicated on a particular form of technocratic and economic knowledge that constitutes expertise as residing in elite and professional epistemic communities. In contrast, alternative conceptions of the knowledge society are founded on alternative epistemological assumptions which take democracy and the role of the citizen expert and communities of practice seriously.
Drawing on a range of examples from cities around the world, the book reflects on new possibilities opening up for alternative forms of sustainable urbanism. In particular it examines the relationship between grassroots innovations and community activism and urban transformation and the possibilities for a reconstituted civic role for the university in reconstructing knowledge as a public good. Realizing such possibilities requires an examination of the strengths and limits of different knowledge practices which sit between critique and transformation. The book offers a framework for understanding the theory, production and practice of knowledge cities, with a specific emphasis on the organizational, cultural and epistemological changes needed to create more socially just, economically viable and environmentally resilient urban futures.
This book is aimed at students and researchers across disciplines - geography, politics, business studies, management and organization, economics and planning – that have interests in contemporary urbanism and the role of knowledge in understanding socio-economic development. It will also be of interest to urban policy-makers and practitioners who work in this area.
About the Author
Tim May is Professor and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF), University of Salford, Manchester, UK.
Beth Perry is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF), University of Salford, Manchester, UK.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Promise of Knowledge 1. Knowledge-Based Urban Development 2. Contesting Knowledge Claims Part 2: The Politics of Knowledge 3. Global Positioning: Knowledge, Power and Place 4. The Politics of Knowledge Production and Reception 5. Governing Knowledge Cities Part 3: The Possibility for Knowledge 6. In Search of Urban Transformation: Communities and Grassroots Innovations 7. The Role of Univercities 8. Critique and Transformation Conclusion: Organizing for Participative Futures