Key Thinkers on Cities

Key Thinkers on Cities

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Key Thinkers on Cities by Regan Koch

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473907751
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/09/2017
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Regan Koch is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. His interests are in matters of public space, urban sociality and collective culture, and the representation and imagination of urban life. Working between London and various cities across the US, Regan's research has focused on exploring novel food trends, social entrepreneurship, licensing laws and government regulations, and changing social norms related to how we live together in cities. His work has been published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Urban Studies, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and in several edited collections.

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 Contents

Introduction: How to think about cities - Regan Koch and Alan Latham
01 Janet Abu-Lughod - Joseph Heathcott
02 Ash Amin - Junjia Ye
03 Elijah Anderson - Michael DeLand
04 Michael Batty - Helen Couclelis
05 Brian Berry - Elvin Wyly
06 M. Christine Boyer - Agustín Cócola Gant
07 Neil Brenner - Tauri Tuvikene
08 Teresa Caldeira - Sonia Roitman
09 Manuel Castells - Phil Hubbard
10 Jason Corburn - Andrew Barnfield
11 Mike Davis - Melanie Lombard
12 Bent Flyvbjerg - Martijn Duineveld, Kristof Van Assche and Raoul Beunen
13 Matthew Gandy - Andrew Karvonen
14 Néstor García Canclini - Angela Giglia
15 Jan Gehl - Annie Matan
16 Edward Glaeser - Jurgen Essletzbichler
17 Stephen Graham - Kurt Iveson
18 David Harvey - Louis Moreno
19 Dolores Hayden - Leslie Kern
20 Jane Jacobs - Oli Mould
21 Jane M. Jacobs - Ryan Centner
22 Natalie Jeremijenko - Clemens Driessen
23 Rem Koolhaas - Davide Ponzini
24 Henri Lefebvre - David Pinder
25 Kevin Lynch - Quentin Stevens
26 William J. Mitchell - David Beer
27 Harvey Molotch - Eugene McCann
28 Enrique Peñalosa - Juan Pablo Galvis
29 Jennifer Robinson - Rajyashree Reddy
30 Ananya Roy - Hanna Hilbrandt
31 Saskia Sassen - Michele Acuto
32 Richard Sennett - Alan Latham
33 Karen C. Seto - Michail Fragkias
34 Abdumaliq Simone - Colin McFarlane
35 Neil Smith - Tom Slater
36 Michael Storper - Alan Latham
37 Mariana Valverde - Regan Koch
38 Loïc Wacquant - Tom Slater
39 Fulong Wu - I-Chun Catherine Chang
40 Sharon Zukin - Mark Jayne

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