Cities: Reimagining the Urban
April 2002, Polity
They outline an innovative sociology of the city that scatters
urban life along a series of sites and circulations, reinstating
previously suppressed areas of contemporary urban life: from the
presence of non-human activity to the centrality of distant
connections. The implications of this viewpoint are traced through
a series of chapters on power, economy and democracy.
This concise and accessible book will be of interest to students
and scholars in sociology, geography, urban studies, cultural
studies and politics.
1. The Legibility of the Everyday City:.
The New Urbanism in Context.
The Flâneur and Transitivity.
Rhythms and Rhythmanalysis.
Urban Footprints and Namings.
A Basic Ontology.
2. Propinquity and Flow in the City:.
The Nostalgic City.
Near and Far.
The Restless Site.
3. Cities in a Distanciated Ecomony:.
The Urbanised Economy.
Cities as Sites.
4. The Machinic City:.
The City of Passions.
The Engineering of Certainty.
5. Powerful Cities:.
Diagrams of Power.
6. The Democratic City:.
‘Creating a Democratic Public'.
Rights to the City: A Politics of the Commons.
A Mobile Politics.
Afterword: Testing New Ground.
Nigel Thrift is Professor of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.
- Provides a fresh and challenging perspective on debates
surrounding cities and urban theory
- Argues that too much contemporary theory is based on nostalgia
for a humane and bounded city
- Shows that the traditional divide between the city and
countryside has been perforated through urban encroachment
- Includes chapters on the nature of power, democracy and the
economy in the city
- Offers a lively discussion at a time when this topic is widely and vigorously discussed
‘A brilliant re-viewing of cities. Bursting with fresh
insights, it demands that we see and hear urban life and the
everyday workings of the metropolis in new ways, that we re-cognize
urban complexities, that we resensitize ourselves to all the
transitory conjunctures and disjunctures through which the urban is
perpetually (re)constituted, that we reconceive the terrain of
urban political possibility. In short, if there is one book to be
read on contemporary urban phenomena, this is unquestionably it.'
Allan Pred, University of California at Berkeley
"In this important and provocative book, Amin and Thrift set out the rudiments of what might be termed a 'post -urban sociology...The book is certainly an intellectual tour-de-force. It fizzes with ideas and brings a range of novel perspectives to bear...I will certainly be looking forward to reading the future works of these writers" Mike Savage, Sociology