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The New Blackwell Companion to the City

Gary Bridge (Editor), Sophie Watson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8981-1
784 pages
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book considers the state of the city and contemporary urbanisation from a range of intellectual and international perspectives.
  • The most interdisciplinary collection of its kind
  • Provides a contemporary update on urban thinking that builds on well established debates in the field
  • Uses the city to explore economic, social, cultural, environmental and political issues more broadly
  • Includes contributions from non Western perspectives and cities
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List of Contributors x

Preface xiii
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

Acknowledgments xv

Part I City Materialities 1

1 Reflections on Materialities 3
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

2 Neoliberal Urbanism: Cities and the Rule of Markets 15
Nik Theodore, Jamie Peck, and Neil Brenner

3 The Liquid City of Megalopolis 26
John Rennie Short

4 Ups and Downs in the Global City: London and New York in the Twenty-First Century 38
Susan S. Fainstein, Ian Gordon, and Michael Harloe

5 Ethnography of an Indian City: Ahmedabad 48
Amrita Shah

6 Landscape and Infrastructure in the Late-Modern Metropolis 57
Matthew Gandy

7 Objects and the City 66
Harvey Molotch

8 Ecologies of Dwelling: Maintaining High-Rise Housing in Singapore 79
Jane M. Jacobs and Stephen Cairns

9 The Urbanization of Nature: Great Promises, Impasse, and New Beginnings 96
Maria Kaika and Erik Swyngedouw

10 One Hundred Tons to Armageddon: Cities Combat Carbon 108
Peter Droege

11 The New Military Urbanism 121
Stephen Graham

12 The City’s New “Trinity” in Contemporary Shanghai: A Case Study of the Residential Housing Market 134
Wang Xiaoming, translated by Tyler Rooker

13 Residence Through Revolution and Reform 142
Ray Forrest

Part II City Mobilities 155

14 Reflections on Mobilities 157
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

15 “Nothing Gained by Overcrowding”: The History and Politics of Urban Population Control 169
Andrew Ross

16 Transnationality and the City 179
Nina Glick Schiller

17 Migrants Making Technology Markets 193
Tyler Rooker

18 Analytic Borderlands: Economy and Culture in the Global City 210
Saskia Sassen

19 Nomadic Cities 221
David Pinder

20 Mobility and Civility: Police and the Formation of the Modern City 235
Francis Dodsworth

21 Disease and Infection in the City 245
Simon Carter

22 Urban Choreographies: Dance and the Politics of Space 255
Daniel J. Walkowitz

23 Cities on Wheels: Cars and Public Space 265
Brian Ladd

Part III City Affect 275

24 Reflections on Affect 277
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

25 Intensities of Feeling: Cloverfield, the Uncanny, and the Always Near Collapse of the City 288
Steve Pile

26 The Future of New York’s Destruction: Fantasies, Fictions, and Premonitions after 9/11 304
Max Page

27 Public Spaces? Branding, Civility, and the Cinema in Twenty-First-Century China 317
Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

28 The Postmetropolis and Mental Life: Wong Kar-Wai’s Cinematic Hong Kong 327
Christoph Lindner

29 Imagining Naples: The Senses of the City 337
Lesley Caldwell

30 City Life and the Senses 347
John Urry

31 The Politics of Urban Intersection: Materials, Affect, Bodies 357
AbdouMaliq Simone

32 The City, the Psyche, and the Visibility of Religious Spaces 367
Andrew Hill

Part IV City Publics and Cultures 377

33 Reflections on Publics and Cultures 379
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

34 Reflections on the Public Realm 390
Richard Sennett

35 City-zenship in Contemporary China: Shanghai, Capital of the Twenty-First Century? 398
Michael Keith

36 “Just Diversity” in the City of Difference 407
Kurt Iveson and Ruth Fincher

37 The Emergence of Cosmopolitan Soho 419
Judith R. Walkowitz

38 Modernity and Gaslight: Victorian London in the 1950s and 1960s 431
Frank Mort

39 The Doing Undone: Vagrancies for the Acoustic City 442
Rob Stone

40 Sustainable Cultural Spaces in the Global City: Cultural Clusters in Heritage Sites, Hong Kong and Singapore 452
Lily Kong

41 Spatializing Culture: Embodied Space in the City 463
Setha Low

42 The Street Politics of Jackie Smith 476
John Paul Jones III

43 Walking and Performing “the City”: A Melbourne Chronicle 488
Benjamin Rossiter and Katherine Gibson

Part V City Divisions and Differences 499

44 Reflections on Division and Difference 501
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

45 The Lost Urban Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu 511
Mike Savage

46 Traveling Theory: Embracing Post-Neoliberalism Through Southern Cities 521
Jenny Robinson and Sue Parnell

47 Race, Class, and Inequality in the South African City 532
Jeremy Seekings

48 Oxford Street, Accra: Spatial Logics, Street Life, and the Transnational Imaginary 547
Ato Quayson

49 Harlem Between Ghetto and Renaissance 561
Sharon Zukin

50 Gentrification of the City 571
Tom Slater

51 The Homosexuality of Cities 586
Julie Abraham

52 Gendering Urban Space 596
Jessica Ellen Sewell

53 Nights in the Global City 606 
Sophie Body-Gendrot

Part VI City Politics and Planning 617

54 Reflections on Politics and Planning 619
Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson

55 Urban Planning in an Uncertain World 631
Ash Amin

56 The Three Historic Currents of City Planning 643
Peter Marcuse

57 Photourbanism: Planning the City from Above and from Below 656
Anthony Vidler

58 Shaping Good Cities and Citizens 667
Evelyn S. Ruppert

59 Regional Urbanization and the End of the Metropolis Era 679
Edward W. Soja

60 Invisible Architecture: Neighborhood Governance in China’s Cities 690
John Friedmann

61 Retreat from a Totalitarian Society: China’s Urbanism in the Making 701
Fulong Wu

62 Transnational Urban Political Ecology: Health and Infrastructure in the Unbounded City 713
Roger Keil

63 Entrepreneurial Urbanism, Policy Tourism, and the Making Mobile of Policies 726
Kevin Ward

64 Making Up Global Urban Policies 738
Allan Cochrane

65 Urban Governance in Europe: What Is Governed? 747
Patrick Le Galès

Index 759

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Gary Bridge is Professor of Urban Studies at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.  He is the author of Reason in the City of Difference: Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (2005) and co-editor of Gentrification in a Global Context (with Rowland Atkinson, 2005), and The Blackwell City Reader (with Sophie Watson, second edition 2010).

Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She is the author  of City Publics: The (dis)enchantments of Urban Encounters (2006), co-author of Surface City: Sydney at the Millennium (1997) and co-editor of Postmodern Cities and Spaces (1995), Metropolis Now (1994), and The Blackwell City Reader (with Gary Bridge, second edition 2010), among other publications.

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“This collection of 65 academic essays covers everything from the role of dance in shaping cities to race and class in South Africa to the application of military techniques to city planning … The destructive effects of global capital and neo-liberal politics are much explored. Throwing out striking insights and facts... [it offers] useful and necessary responses to significant changes in the world.” The Observer

“This new volume is in six sections, each introduced by an editorial overview… The individual chapters range from theoretical politics and sociology to the practicalities of maintaining high rise housing. Films and novels provide examples in many sections. Sometimes a chapter can be a surprise … there is something new and something very familiar in each … Geographers and sociologists will get much from this book, and there is material for architects and politicians. There is also something in the book for the ordinary city dweller.” Reference Reviews

“Of great interest to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and scholars of urban studies, as well as those in urban planning, urban sociology, and urban geography ... Recommended." Choice

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