Understanding the Urban examines the contemporary nature and possible futures of cities in a postindustrial and globalized world. Theoretical debates and empirical research from a range of disciplines are brought together to provide an understanding of cities both as complex systems and as the product of collective human action.
This well structured and lively text draws extensively on political, economic and cultural examples from developing and developed countries to explore key topics such as:
· Restructuring of urban employment;
· The transformation of 'culture' in cities;
· Locality and community;
· Cities in a world system;
· Production and reproduction of the built environment
· Politics and governance.
To encourage students to develop a critical understanding of today's cities, innovative references to literary, cinematic and www examples are provided alongside conventional academic resources at the end of each chapter.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Education UK|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
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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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Well-argued and written in an accessible style, Understanding the Urban would be a useable undergraduate text in urban studies, sociology, human geography, and other disciplines.' - Contemporary Sociology
This volume brings together interesting reflexive arguments on how analysts come to know and act on the city.' - Choice