Urban Theory: A Critical Assessment

Urban Theory: A Critical Assessment

by John Rennie Short

Hardcover(2nd ed. 2014)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137382658
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA.

Table of Contents

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Introduction     1
The Authoritarian City     4
The City of Difference     9
The Cosmic City     10
The Collective City     12
A Note to the Discerning Reader     14
Theorizing the City
Theorizing the Modern City     17
The Economic Rupture and the Marxist Response     19
Socio-economic Change and the Reformist Impulse     27
The Social Rupture     35
Theorizing the Postmodern City     42
The Postindustrial City     43
The Postmodern Look     45
Postmodern Urban Culture     47
The Postmodern City     47
The Postcolonial City     52
The City and Theory
Globalization and the City     61
The Global City as Planning Issue     67
The Global City as a Command Centre     67
The Global Urban Network     70
The Global City as Polarized City     72
New Directions for Global City Research     74
Globalizing City Regions     75
The Immigrant City     79
Globalization, Immigration and the City     84
Immigrant Niches     90
TheEconomic City     92
The Political Economy of the City     92
Cities and Modes of Consumption     95
Cities and Modes of Regulation     98
The Economic Role of Cities     99
The Cultural Economy of Cities     102
Getting By     103
City Close-ups     109
The Competitive City     111
The Competitive Context     111
Making the City Competitive     112
Marketing the City     119
Rewriting the City     123
The Gendered City     126
Gender and Urban Social Space     127
Gender, the City and Social Change     129
Feminist Urban Theory     130
The Erotic City     135
Sex Zones in the City     136
Desire and the City     138
Communities of Desire     139
The City and the Body     140
The Global, the City and the Body     141
The Political City     144
The Urban Political Arena     148
The Crisis of the State     153
The Decline of the Keynesian-New Deal City and the Rise of the Entrepreneurial City     155
The End of Urban Politics?      158
The Designed City     160
Who is Designing the City?     160
Dominant Urban Designs     166
The Effects of Urban Design     169
Moses versus Jane Jacobs     172
The City and Nature     177
Reorientations     178
The City as Ecosystem     179
An Urban Environmental Story     182
Urban Sustainability     184
Nature and the City     185
The City of Difference     188
Models of Residentiall Areas     188
The Dynamics of the Housing Market     194
Home Sweet Home     199
Beyond Social Area Analysis     100
The City and Disorder     202
Mapping Disorder     202
Identifying Disorder     207
The Contested City: Creating New Urban Orders     212
The Future City: Rethinking Urban Theory     219
The Question of Scale     219
From City to Globalizing City Regions     220
The Entrepreneurial City     222
The Cosmopolitan City     223
Nomadic Geographies     224
The City of Light and Dark     225
A Question of Method      226
References     227
Index     243

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'A remarkable intellectual tour-de-force: incisive, comprehensive, wide-ranging, compelling.' - Professor Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London, UK

'A great read: almost as gripping as a good novel. A must-have book for scholars and an ideal text to get students thinking and capture their interest.' - Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, USA and author of Territory, Authority, Rights

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