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The Blackwell City Reader, 2nd Edition

Gary Bridge (Editor), Sophie Watson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8983-5
472 pages
March 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, The Blackwell City Reader, Second Edition features a comprehensive selection of multidisciplinary readings relating to the analysis and experience of global cities.

  • Includes new sections of materialities and mobilities to capture the most recent debates
  • The most international reader of its kind, including extensive coverage of urban issues in Asia, China, and India
  • Combines theoretical approaches with a wide range of geographical case studies
  • Organized to be used as a stand-alone text or alongside Blackwell's A Companion to the City
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I: Materialities:

Introducing Materialities

1.. The Great Towns (Frederick Engels).

2. Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (William Cronon).

3. The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis (David Harvey).

4.. An Introduction to the Information Age (Manuel Castells).

5. Metropolis: From the Division of Labor to Urban Form (Allen J. Scott).

6. The Economic Base of Contemporary Cities (Ash Amin).

7. The Making of Global City Regions: Mumbai: the Mega-City of a Poor Country (Sujata Patel).

8. Urban Political Ecology, Justice and the Politics of Scale (Erik Swyngedouw and Nikolas C. Heynen).

9. Moving Cities: Rethinking the Materialities of Urban Geographies (Alan Latham and Derek P. McCormack).

Part II: Mobilities:

Introducing Mobilities10. The Metropolis and Mental Life (Georg Simmel).

11. The Practice of Everyday Life (Michel de Certeau).

12. The Arcades Project (Walter Benjamin).

13. The Global City: Introducing a Concept (Sakia Sassen).

14. Postborder Cities, Postborder World: The Rise of Bajalta California (Michael Dear and Héctor Manuel Lucero).

15. Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger (Arjun Appadurai)

16. Connections (John Urry).

17. Driving in the City (Nigel Thrift).

18. Urban Transport in Chinese Cities: The Impact on the Urban Poor (Zhong-Ren Peng and Yi Zhu).

Part III: Division and Difference:

Introducing Division and Difference

19. The Continuing Causes of Segregation (Douglas S. Massey and Nancy A. Denton).

20. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass and Public Policy (William Julius Wilson).

21. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (Mike Davis).

22. After Tompkins Square Park: Degentrification and the Revanchist City (Neil Smith).

23. The S.U.V. Model of Citizenship: Floating Bubbles, Buffer Zones, and the Rise of the "Purely Atomic" Individual (Don Mitchell).

24. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Michel Foucault).

25. The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference (Iris Marion Young).

26. City A/Genders (Sophie Watson).

27. Building Gay Neighborhood Enclaves: the Village and Harlem (George Chauncey).

Part IV: Urban Publics and Urban Cultures:

Introducing Urban Publics and Urban Cultures.

28. The Public Realm (Richard Sennett).

29. Death and Life of Great American Cities (Jane Jacobs).

30. China Urban: Health, Wealth and the Good Life (Nancy N. Chen).

31. Spatializing Culture: the Social Construction. of Public Space in Costa Rica (Setha M. Low).

32. Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney World (Sharon Zukin).

33. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (Judith R. Walkowitz).

34. Homo Palpitans: Balzac’s Novels and Urban Personality (Franco Moretti).

35. Writing the City (Peter Preston and Paul Simpson-Housley).

36. Imagining the Modern City: Light in Dark Spaces (James Donald).

Part V: Urban Politics and Planning:

Introducing Urban Politics and Planning.

37. The Growth of the City (Ernest W. Burgess).

38. The City of Tomorrow and its Planning (Le Corbusier).

39. The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasília (James Holston).

40. Urbanism, Colonialism and the World-economy (Anthony D. King).

41. Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis (Edward W. Soja).

42. How to Study Urban Political Power (John Hull Mollenkopf).

43. Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place (John R. Logan and Harvey L. Molotch).

44. New Directions in Planning Theory (Susan S. Fainstein).

45. Cities and the Geographies of "Actually Existing Neoliberalism (Neil Brenner and Nik Theodore).

46. China’s Urban Transition: Backward into the Future (John Friedmann).

47. Planning the Competitive City-Region: The Emergence of Strategic Development Plan in China (Fulong Wu and Jingxing Zhang).

Index.

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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 A Companion to the City (with Sophie Watson, 2000).

Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She is the author of, among other publications, City Publics: The (Dis)enchantments of Urban Encounters (2006), co-author of Markets as Sites for Social Interaction: Spaces of Diversity (with David Studdert, 2006), and Surface City: Sydney at the Millennium (with Peter Murphy, 1997), and co-editor (with Katherine Gibson) of Postmodern Cities and Spaces (1995) and Metropolis Now (1994).

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  • Includes new sections of materialities and mobilities to capture the most recent debates
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  • Features a multidisciplinary selection of readings beyond the usual focus on urban sociology or urban geography
  • Includes new sections of materialities and mobilities to capture the most recent debates
  • The most international reader of its kind, including extensive coverage of urban issues in Asia, China, and India
  • Combines theoretical approaches with a wide range of geographical case studies
  • Organized to be used as a stand-alone text or alongside Blackwell's A Companion to the City
See More
“This new edition covers so much terrain of the urban scholarship that it is truly a very comprehensive and interdisciplinary reader for any course on cities and urban studies.”
Xiangming Chen, Trinity College

“A rich and varied collection of important articles on cities. Selections range from older classic pieces to more recent insights, and the book provides a nice mix of European and American views of cities, whilst including writings about other areas of the world, especially China. Altogether this is an excellent and exciting collection of major writings.”
Anthony M. Orum, University of Illinois

“The second edition of The Blackwell City Reader is even better than the first – and that was a milestone. The Reader covers the full spectrum of approaches to the city concisely but with real authority. As a result, it is a vital introduction to thinking about cities in a time when global problems and urban problems have become effectively interchangeable.”
Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick

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