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Key Thinkers on Cities provides an engaging introduction to the dynamic intellectual field of urban studies. It profiles the work of 40 innovative thinkers who represent the broad reach of contemporary urban scholarship and whose ideas have shaped the way cities around the world are understood, researched, debated, and acted upon. Providing a synoptic overview that spans a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, the entry for each key thinker comprises:
- A succinct introduction and overview
- Intellectual biography and research focus
- An explication of key ideas
- Contributions to urban studies
The book offers a fresh look at well-known thinkers who have been foundational to urban scholarship, including Jane Jacobs, Henri Lefebvre, Manuel Castells, and David Harvey. It also incorporates those who have helped to bring a concern for cities to more widespread audiences, such as Jan Gehl, Mike Davis, and Enrique Peñalosa. Notably, the book also includes a range of thinkers who have more recently begun to shape the study of cities through engagements with art, architecture, computer modelling, ethnography, public health, post-colonial theory, and more.
With an introduction that provides a mapping of the current transdisciplinary field, and individual entries by those currently involved in cutting edge urban research in the Global North and South, this book promises to be an essential text for anyone interested in the study of cities and urban life. It will be of use to those in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, sociology, and urban planning.
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About the Author
Alan Latham teaches in the Department of Geography at University College London. His research is focused on urban sociality, corporeal mobility and public space. Writing on topics ranging from urban cycling and recreational running, cultural economies and neighbourhood change, to the overseas experiences of transnational migrants, his work explores the materialities and practices that generate distinctive forms of urban life. He has published widely in edited collections and international journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning D, Cultural Geographies and Urban Studies. He is the co-author of Key Concepts in Urban Geography.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: How to think about cities - Regan Koch and Alan Latham 01 Janet Abu-Lughod - Joseph Heathcott02 Ash Amin - Junjia Ye03 Elijah Anderson - Michael DeLand04 Michael Batty - Helen Couclelis05 Brian Berry - Elvin Wyly06 M. Christine Boyer - Agustín Cócola Gant07 Neil Brenner - Tauri Tuvikene08 Teresa Caldeira - Sonia Roitman09 Manuel Castells - Phil Hubbard10 Jason Corburn - Andrew Barnfield11 Mike Davis - Melanie Lombard12 Bent Flyvbjerg - Martijn Duineveld, Kristof Van Assche and Raoul Beunen13 Matthew Gandy - Andrew Karvonen14 Néstor García Canclini - Angela Giglia15 Jan Gehl - Annie Matan16 Edward Glaeser - Jurgen Essletzbichler17 Stephen Graham - Kurt Iveson18 David Harvey - Louis Moreno19 Dolores Hayden - Leslie Kern20 Jane Jacobs - Oli Mould21 Jane M. Jacobs - Ryan Centner22 Natalie Jeremijenko - Clemens Driessen 23 Rem Koolhaas - Davide Ponzini24 Henri Lefebvre - David Pinder25 Kevin Lynch - Quentin Stevens26 William J. Mitchell - David Beer27 Harvey Molotch - Eugene McCann28 Enrique Peñalosa - Juan Pablo Galvis29 Jennifer Robinson - Rajyashree Reddy30 Ananya Roy - Hanna Hilbrandt31 Saskia Sassen - Michele Acuto32 Richard Sennett - Alan Latham33 Karen C. Seto - Michail Fragkias34 Abdumaliq Simone - Colin McFarlane35 Neil Smith - Tom Slater36 Michael Storper - Alan Latham37 Mariana Valverde - Regan Koch38 Loïc Wacquant - Tom Slater39 Fulong Wu - I-Chun Catherine Chang40 Sharon Zukin - Mark Jayne