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Cities and Social Change

Cities and Social Change
Encounters with Contemporary Urbanism

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June 2014 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This textbook of essays by leading critical urbanists is a compelling introduction to an important field of study; it interrogates contemporary conflicts and contradictions inherent in the social experience of living in cities that are undergoing neoliberal restructuring, and grapples with profound questions and challenging policy considerations about diversity, equity, and justice.  A stimulant to debate in any undergraduate urban studies classroom, this book will inspire a new generation of urban social scholars.
- Alison Bain, York University

"Stages a lively encounter with different understandings of urban production and experience, and does so by bringing together an exciting group of scholars working across a diversity of theoretical and geographical contexts. The book focuses on some of the central conceptual and political challenges of contemporary cities, including inequality and poverty, justice and democracy, and everyday life and urban imaginaries, providing a critical platform through which to ask how we might work towards alternative forms of urban living."
- Colin McFarlane Durham University

What is the city? What is the nature of living in the city? This new textbook provides students with an in-depth understanding of the central issues associated with the city and how living in a city impacts its inhabitants.

Theoretically informed and thematically rich, the book is edited by leading scholars in the field and contains an eminent, international cast of contributors and contributions. It provides a critical analysis of the key thinkers, themes and paradigms dealing with the relationship between the built environment and urban life. It includes illustrative case studies, questions for discussion, further reading and web links.

Examining the contradictions, conflicts and complexities of city living, the book is an essential resource for students looking to get to grip with the different theoretical and substantive approaches that make up the diverse and rich study of the city and urban life.

Section 1: Theorising the City
Ronan Paddison and Eugene McCann
Chapter 1: Encountering the City - Multiple Perspectives on Urban Social Change
Regan Koch and Alan Latham
Chapter 2: Representing and Imagining the City
Section 2: Experiencing the City
Loretta Lees
Chapter 3: The ‘New’ Middle Class, Lifestyle and the ‘New’ Gentrified City
Geoff De Verteuil
Chapter 4: Being Poor in the City
Gill Valentine
Chapter 5: Living with Difference : Geographies of Encounter
Monica Degen
Chapter 6: The Everyday City of the Senses
Section 3: The Liveable City
Steven Herbert and Tiffany Grobelski
Chapter 7: Dis/Order and the Regulation of Urban Space
Gordon Macleod
Chapter 8: Walling the City
Robin Kearns and Graham Moon
Chapter 9: Health and the City
Eric Swngedouw and Ian Cook
Chapter 10: Cities, Nature and Sustainability
James de Filipis and Juan Rivero
Chapter 11: Just Cities
Section 4: Reflections on Cities and Social Change
Ananya Roy
Chapter 12: The Good City
Ronan Paddison and Eugene McCann
Chapter 13: Conclusions: Engaging the Urban World

I think this is too specific, the course I am currently teaching requires a more general introductory text.

Dr Parveen Akhtar
Dept of Applied Social Studies, Bradford University
December 27, 2014

a fresh, theoretically and empirically informed text that is accessible to students

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
December 12, 2014

a fresh, theoritically and empirically informed text that is accessible to students

Mr Richard Kotter
Geography & Environmental Management, Northumbria University
December 12, 2014

A really good, accessible, and up-to-date compilation that addresses the key issues of urban social geography

Dr Alan Patterson
Natural & Built Environment, Sheffield Hallam University
December 11, 2014

I adopted this excellent book to give to students an overview about urban studies and to introduce economic dynamics in the smart city ecosystem

Dr Valentina Bazzarin
Social and Political Sciences, University of Bologna
November 4, 2014

An excellent book on the subject that covers a wide range of social topics. Recommended. Recommended across two urban and retail/hospitality design units.

Mr Charles McIntyre
School of Tourism, Bournemouth University
November 4, 2014

Interesting and thought provoking book. Encourages students to look deeper into factors impacting public health

Mrs Alison Harries
College of Human and health Sciences, Swansea University
August 12, 2014

A valuable textbook for undergraduate students enrolled onto a Sociology course.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Access to H.E., Leeds City College
June 27, 2014

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