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Key Thinkers on Cities

Key Thinkers on Cities

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© 2017 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Key Thinkers on Cities provides an engaging introduction to the dynamic intellectual field of urban studies. It profiles the work of 40 innovative thinkers who represent the broad reach of contemporary urban scholarship and whose ideas have shaped the way cities around the world are understood, researched, debated and acted upon. Providing a synoptic overview that spans a wide range of academic and professional disciplines, theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, the entry for each key thinker comprises:

  • A succinct introduction and overview
  • Intellectual biography and research focus
  • An explication of key ideas
  • Contributions to urban studies

The book offers a fresh look at well-known thinkers who have been foundational to urban scholarship, including Jane Jacobs, Henri Lefebvre, Manuel Castells and David Harvey. It also incorporates those who have helped to bring a concern for cities to more widespread audiences, such as Jan Gehl, Mike Davis and Enrique Peñalosa. Notably, the book also includes a range of thinkers who have more recently begun to shape the study of cities through engagements with art, architecture, computer modelling, ethnography, public health, post-colonial theory and more.

With an introduction that provides a mapping of the current transdisciplinary field, and individual entries by those currently involved in cutting edge urban research in the Global North and South, this book promises to be an essential text for anyone interested in the study of cities and urban life. It will be of use to those in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, sociology and urban planning. 

Regan Koch and Alan Latham
Introduction: How to think about cities
Joseph Heathcott
01 Janet Abu-Lughod
Junjia Ye
02 Ash Amin
Michael DeLand
03 Elijah Anderson
Helen Couclelis
04 Michael Batty
Elvin Wyly
05 Brian Berry
Agustín Cócola Gant
06 M. Christine Boyer
Tauri Tuvikene
07 Neil Brenner
Sonia Roitman
08 Teresa Caldeira
Phil Hubbard
09 Manuel Castells
Andrew Barnfield
10 Jason Corburn
Melanie Lombard
11 Mike Davis
Martijn Duineveld, Kristof Van Assche and Raoul Beunen
12 Bent Flyvbjerg
Andrew Karvonen
13 Matthew Gandy
Angela Giglia
14 Néstor García Canclini
Annie Matan
15 Jan Gehl
Jurgen Essletzbichler
16 Edward Glaeser
Kurt Iveson
17 Stephen Graham
Louis Moreno
18 David Harvey
Leslie Kern
19 Dolores Hayden
Oli Mould
20 Jane Jacobs
Ryan Centner
21 Jane M. Jacobs
Clemens Driessen
22 Natalie Jeremijenko
Davide Ponzini
23 Rem Koolhaas
David Pinder
24 Henri Lefebvre
Quentin Stevens
25 Kevin Lynch
David Beer
26 William J. Mitchell
Eugene McCann
27 Harvey Molotch
Juan Pablo Galvis
28 Enrique Peñalosa
Rajyashree Reddy
29 Jennifer Robinson
Hanna Hilbrandt
30 Ananya Roy
Michele Acuto
31 Saskia Sassen
Alan Latham
32 Richard Sennett
Michail Fragkias
33 Karen C. Seto
Colin McFarlane
34 Abdumaliq Simone
Tom Slater
35 Neil Smith
Alan Latham
36 Michael Storper
Regan Koch
37 Mariana Valverde
Tom Slater
38 Loïc Wacquant
I-Chun Catherine Chang
39 Fulong Wu
Mark Jayne
40 Sharon Zukin

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