Understanding the City. Contemporary and Future Perspectives. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 2383051
  • Book
  • 448 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This pioneering, multi–disciplinary analysis looks ahead to the direction which the study of urban society is likely to take. Leading researchers from sociology, geography, anthropology, and cultural studies examine the research issues that emerged during the 1990s, particularly from political economy and ′cultural turn′ perspectives. Their exploration reveals both how urban studies have fragmented, and how a new middle ground for future debate and research has arisen.

The volume brings together theoretical discussion of urban studies with analysis of urban processes at both regional and local levels around the globe. It enables readers to assess the degree to which differing perspectives have produced dynamic diversity as well as areas of mutual interest, creating exciting possibilities for urban studies locally and globally.

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List of Illustrations viii

List of Tables ix

List of Contributors x

Series Editors’ Preface xv

Preface xvii

Part I: Introduction 1

1 Understanding the City 3John Eade and Christopher Mele

Part II: A Middle Ground? Difference, Social Justice, and the City 25

2 Rescripting Cities with Difference 27Ruth Fincher, Jane M. Jacobs, and Kay Anderson

3 The Public City 49Sophie Watson

4 Social Justice and the South African City 66David M. Smith

5 The Dangerous Others: Changing Views on Urban Risks and Violence in France and the United States 82Sophie Body–Gendrot

Part III: The Global and Local, the Information Age, and American Metropolitan Development 107

6 Power in Place: Retheorizing the Local and the Global 109Michael Peter Smith

7 Depoliticizing Globalization: From Neo–Marxism to the Network Society of Manuel Castells 131Peter Marcuse

8 Urban Analysis as Merchandising: The “LA School” and the Understanding of Metropolitan Development 159Mark Gottdiener

Part IV: Urban Research in Particular Regions of the Globe 181

9 State Socialism, Post–socialism, and their Urban Patterns: Theorizing the Central and Eastern European Experience 183Chris Pickvance

10 The China Difference: City Studies Under Socialism and Beyond 204Dorothy J. Solinger and Kam Wing Chan

11 Economic Miracles and Megacities: The Japanese Model and Urbanization in East and Southeast Asia 222J. S. Eades

Part V: Urban Processes and City Contexts: India and the Middle East 245

12 Cities of the Past and Cities of the Future: Theorizing the Indian Metropolis of Bangalore 247Smriti Srinivas

13 The Syntax of Jerusalem: Urban Morphology, Culture, and Power 278Shlomo Hasson

14 Muslim Civil Society in Urban Public Spaces: Globalization, Discursive Shifts, and Social Movements 305Paul M. Lubeck and Bryana Britts

Part VI: Urban Processes and City Contexts: The United States 337

15 The Bullriders of Silicon Alley: New Media Circuits of Innovation, Speculation, and Urban Development 339Michael Indergaard

16 Fear and Lusting in Las Vegas and New York: Sex, Political Economy, and Public Space 363Alexander J. Reichl

17 Efficacy or Legitimacy of Community Power? A Reassessment of Corporate Elites in Urban Studies 379Leonard Nevarez

18 Dream Factory Redux: Mass Culture, Symbolic Sites, and Redevelopment in Hollywood 397Jan Lin

Index 419

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"Many anthologies on the city exist, but only a few contain both cutting–edge theoretical essays and rich empirical studies. The latter focus on cities outside the Western urban canon and will makeUnderstanding the City even more attractive to urban scholars."Professor R. Beauregard, New School University

Understanding the city is an engaging read for those grappling with new theoretical and conceptual questions about how cities function.....the essays in this book provide an excellent foundation for new levels of discourse on urban enviroments and city life." Area

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