A critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century
- Alan Harding - University of Liverpool, UK
- Talja Blokland - Humboldt University, Germany
Political Theory & Thought (General) | Urban & Regional Sociology | Urban Geography
- Relations between urban theory and modernity in key ideas of the Chicago School, spatial analysis, humanistic urban geography, and ‘radical' approaches like Marxism
- Cities and the transition to informational economies, globalization, urban growth machine and urban regime theory, the city as an “actor”
- Spatial expressions of inequality and key ideas like segregation, ghettoization, suburbanization, gentrification
- Socio-cultural spatial expressions of difference and key concepts like gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and “culturalist” perspectives on identity, lifestyle, subculture
- How cities should be understood as intersections of horizontal and vertical – of coinciding resources, positions, locations, influencing how we make and understand urban experiences.
I have adopted several chapters from this book for my Urban Identities module as either essential or supplementary seminar reading including
What is Urban Theory, The Chicago School and Urban Theory, and the Cultural Turn. These chapters reflect very well the module content and provide a useful outline of existing theories and approaches to Urban studies.
I think this book gives a perfect and understandable review about current and older theories and research in urban sociology about urban developments, particularly residential development"s and what they mean for cities. I adopt this book as mandatory literature for my new Urban Studies master-degree course: "The City as Habitat
Its a unique book that taks about urban theories with a very interesting method.
Really excellent introduction to the field. Very broad in scope but also detailed with some good examples and advice on further reading. Well written, accessible, engaging. I think this is a great book!
It is a very interesting book for students and researchers on urban topics. I use this book for my lessons.
an excellent introduction to theoretical issues in urban geography and urbananism
an excellent introduction to theoretical issues in urban studies and urbanism
For my Place and Space unit, this will be down as an essential text - for my retail Design and Design for Restaurateurs and Retailers units (50+ students) it will only be a supplementary reading.
An excellent compendium of academic theory upon place and space issues.
This is a comprehensive overview of urban theories as they were developing in the last century, written in easy English, which is important for non-English students.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter One: What is urban theory?