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Urban theory and the urban experience : encountering the city

Author: Simon Parker
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Since publication of the first edition in 2004, the balance has shifted with the majority of the world's population now living in an urban setting. Urban Theory and the Urban Experience once again brings together classic and contemporary approaches to urban research in order to reveal the intellectual origins of urban studies and the often unacknowledged debt that empirical and theoretical perspectives on the city  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Parker
ISBN: 9780415520690 041552069X 9780415520706 0415520703
OCLC Number: 894981192
Description: xxiv, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Encountering the city --
The foundation of urban theory : Weber, Simmel, Benjamin and Lefebvre --
The city described : social reform and the empirical tradition in classic urban studies --
Visions of utopia : from the garden city to the new urbanism --
Between the suburb and the ghetto : urban studies and the search for community in Britain and the United States after the Second World War --
Urban fortunes : making sense of the capitalist city --
The contested city : politics, people and power --
From pillar to post : culture, representation and difference in the urban world --
The majority urban world : the growth and development of cities in the global south --
Cities under stress : the uneven geographies of urban vulnerability --
The information city : linking the virtual and material urban worlds --
Putting the city in its place : urban futures and the future of urban theory.
Responsibility: Simon Parker.

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"Since publication of the first edition in 2004, the balance has shifted with the majority of the world's population now living in an urban setting. Urban Theory and the Urban Experience once again brings together classic and contemporary approaches to urban research in order to reveal the intellectual origins of urban studies and the often unacknowledged debt that empirical and theoretical perspectives on the city owe one another. Completely revised and updated, and with new chapters on the Majority Urban World and the Global South, Cities under Stress and the Information City, the second edition of Urban Theory and the Urban Experience traces the key developments in the idea of the city over more than a century; from Weber, Simmel, Benjamin and Lefebbvre to more contemporary urban theorists David Harvey and Manuel Castells. The volume also considers the impact of new information and communication technologies, and the growing trend towards disaggregated urban networks, all of which raise important questions about viability and physical and social identity of the conventional townscape. This book is an ideal text for students on Geography, Urban Studies, Sociology, Planning and Built Environment courses, but the accessibility and breadth mean that it will also appeal to practitioners and all those that wish to learn more about why the urban has become the dominant social, economic and cultural form of the twenty-first century"--

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