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The Blackwell City Reader. 2nd Edition

  • ID: 2245969
  • Book
  • February 2010
  • Region: Global
  • 466 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, this new edition of
The Blackwell City Reader brings together a wide range of essential readings relating to the analysis and experience of cities across the globe. Selections are carefully gathered from a variety of academic disciplines ranging from architecture, sociology, and literature to cultural studies, philosophy, and even psychoanalysis to provide the most diverse perspectives and in–depth coverage of the field. The new edition incorporates major developments in the study of materialities and mobilities, two areas at the heart of many contemporary debates; it also features enhanced coverage on non–Western cities that reflect recent growth trends, especially in Asia, China, and India, making it the most international reader of its kind.

The Blackwell City Reader, Second Edition combines established and novel readings from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and geographical locales to provide an indispensable source for the most up–to–date thinking on cities of today and tomorrow.

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Part I: Materialities:

Introducing Materialities.

1.. The Great Towns (Frederick Engels).

2. Nature s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (William Cronon).

3. The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis (David Harvey).

4.. An Introduction to the Information Age (Manuel Castells).

5. Metropolis: From the Division of Labor to Urban Form (Allen J. Scott).

6. The Economic Base of Contemporary Cities (Ash Amin).

7. The Making of Global City Regions: Mumbai: the Mega–City of a Poor Country (Sujata Patel).

8. Urban Political Ecology, Justice and the Politics of Scale (Erik Swyngedouw and Nikolas C. Heynen).

9. Moving Cities: Rethinking the Materialities of Urban Geographies (Alan Latham and Derek P. McCormack).

Part II: Mobilities:

Introducing Mobilities10. The Metropolis and Mental Life (Georg Simmel).

11. The Practice of Everyday Life (Michel de Certeau).

12. The Arcades Project (Walter Benjamin).

13. The Global City: Introducing a Concept (Sakia Sassen).

14. Postborder Cities, Postborder World: The Rise of Bajalta California (Michael Dear and Héctor Manuel Lucero).

15. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Arjun Appadurai)

16. Connections (John Urry).

17. Driving in the City (Nigel Thrift).

18. Urban Transport in Chinese Cities: The Impact on the Urban Poor (Zhong–Ren Peng and Yi Zhu).

Part III: Division and Difference:

Introducing Division and Difference

19. The Continuing Causes of Segregation (Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton).

20. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass and Public Policy (William Julius Wilson).

21. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (Mike Davis).

22. After Tompkins Square Park: Degentrification and the Revanchist City (Neil Smith).

23. The S.U.V. Model of Citizenship: Floating Bubbles, Buffer Zones, and the Rise of the "Purely Atomic" Individual (Don Mitchell).

24. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Michel Foucault).

25. The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference (Iris Marion Young).

26. City A/Genders (Sophie Watson).

27. Building Gay Neighborhood Enclaves: the Village and Harlem (George Chauncey).

Part IV: Urban Publics and Urban Cultures:

Introducing Urban Publics and Urban Cultures.

28. The Public Realm (Richard Sennett).

29. Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs).

30. China Urban: Health, Wealth and the Good Life (Nancy N. Chen).

31. Spatializing Culture: the Social Construction. of Public Space in Costa Rica (Setha M. Low).

32. Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World (Sharon Zukin).

33. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late–Victorian London (Judith R. Walkowitz).

34. Homo Palpitans: Balzac s Novels and Urban Personality (Franco Moretti).

35. Writing the City (Peter Preston and Paul Simpson–Housley).

36. Imagining the Modern City: Light in Dark Spaces (James Donald).

Part V: Urban Politics and Planning:

Introducing Urban Politics and Planning.

37. The Growth of the City (Ernest W. Burgess).

38. The City of Tomorrow and its Planning (Le Corbusier).

39. The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasília (James Holston).

40. Urbanism, Colonialism and the World–economy (Anthony D. King).

41. Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis (Edward W. Soja).

42. How to Study Urban Political Power (John Hull Mollenkopf).

43. Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (John R. Logan and Harvey L. Molotch).

44. New Directions in Planning Theory (Susan S. Fainstein).

45. Cities and the Geographies of "Actually Existing Neoliberalism (Neil Brenner and Nik Theodore).

46. China s Urban Transition: Backward into the Future (John Friedmann).

47. Planning the Competitive City–Region: The Emergence of Strategic Development Plan in China (Fulong Wu and Jingxing Zhang).


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