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Understanding the City: Contemporary and Future Perspectives

John Eade (Editor), Christopher Mele (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22406-8
448 pages
June 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary analysis looks ahead to the direction which urban studies is likely to take during the twenty-first century.
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List of Figures.

List of Tables.

List of Contributors.


Part I: A Middle Ground? Difference, Social Justice and the City.

Part II: The Global and Local, the Information Age and American Metropolitan Development.

Part III: Urban Research in Particular Regions of the Globe.

Part IV: Urban Processes and City Contexts: India and the Middle East.

Part V: Urban Processes and City Contexts: The USA.

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John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Surrey, Roehampton. He undertook research in Calcutta before completing his doctorate on Bangladeshi community politics in London's East End. He directed the Wandsworth local/global study and his previous publications include The Politics of Community (1989), Living the Global City (1997), and Placing London (2000). He is currently directing a research project on Methodists in the global city and collaborating on an ESRC-funded program on links between Britain and Bangladesh.

Christopher Mele is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of Selling the Lower East Side: Culture, Real Estate, and Resistance in New York City (2000). His current research is a study of the influence of historical patterns of race and class upon contemporary urban growth and development along the southeastern coast of the United States.
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  • Draws together diverse perspectives by top scholars of urban studies

  • Reveals diversity and fragmentation in urban studies, but also areas of mutual interest which may shape the future of the discipline

  • Integrates theoretical discussion, cutting edge research in urban localities, and overviews of regional developments in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe
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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 make Understanding 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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