In addition to being an innovative text in urban and regional studies and an insightful application of new approaches to interpreting the spatiality of human life, Postmetropolis is also a book about contemporary Los Angeles, a vivid and far–reaching interpretation of its turbulent recent history and geography. The book concludes with a look back to the civil unrest of 1992 to portray the postmetropolis in explosive crisis as well as to draw some hope for the future based on new coalition–based struggles for spatial justice and regional democracy.
Part I: Remapping the Geohistory of Cityspace. .
1. Putting Cities First.
2. The Second Urban Revolution.
3. The Third Urban Revolution: Modernity and Urban–Industrial Capitalism.
4. Metropolis in Crisis.
5. An Introduction to the Conurbation of Greater Los Angeles.
Part II: Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis. .
6. The Postfordist Industrial Metropolis: Restructuring the Geopolitical Economy of Urbanism.
7. Cosmopolis: The Globalization of Cityspace.
8. Exopolis: The Restructuring of Urban Form.
9. Fractal City: Metropolarities and the Restructured Social Mosaic.
10. The Carceral Archipelago: Governing Space in the Postmetropolis.
11. Simcities: Restructuring the Urban Imaginary.
Part III: Lived Space: Rethinking 1992 in Los Angeles.
12. L. A. 1992: Overture to a Conclusion.
13. L. A. 1992: The Spaces of Representation.
14. Postcript: Critical Reflections on the Postmetropolis.