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Cities of Europe: Changing Contexts, Local Arrangement and the Challenge to Urban Cohesion

Yuri Kazepov (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-9949-3
368 pages
July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Cities of Europe is a unique combination of book and CD-ROM examining the effects of recent socio-economic transformations on western European cities.

  • A unique combination of book and CD-ROM examining the effects of recent socio-economic transformations on western European cities.
  • Focuses on the interplay between segregation, social exclusion and governance issues in these cities.
  • Takes a comparative approach by highlighting the specifics of European cities vis-à-vis other urban contexts and analysing the intra-European differences.
  • The CD-ROM features a series of 2,000 photographs from seventeen cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Bucharest, Helsinki, London, Milan, Naples, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, Tirana, Turin, and Utrecht).
  • Also features 126 thematic maps, interviews with established scholars, and literature reviews.
  • The book and the CD-ROM are linked through an extensive cross-referencing system.
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Table of Contents of the CD.

Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

Series Editors’ Preface.

Foreword: Saskia Sassen.

Introducing European Cities.

1 Introduction: Cities of Europe: Changing Contexts, Local Arrangements, and the Challenge to Social Cohesion: Yuri Kazepov.

2 The European City: A Conceptual Framework and Normative Project: Hartmut Häussermann and Anne Haila.

Part I The Changing Context of European Cities.

3 Urban Social Change: A Socio-Historical Framework of Analysis: Enzo Mingione.

4 Social Morphology and Governance in the New Metropolis: Guido Martinotti.

5 Capitalism and the City: Globalization, Flexibility, and Indifference: Richard Sennett.

6 Urban Socio-Spatial Configurations and the Future of European Cities: Christian Kesteloot.

Part II The Spatial Impact of Ongoing Transformation Processes.

7 The Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Neighbourhood Decline: Welfare Regimes, Decommodification, Housing, and Urban Inequality: Alan Murie.

8 Social Exclusion, Segregation, and Neighborhood Effects: Sako Musterd and Wim Ostendorf.

9 Segregation and Housing Conditions of Immigrants in Western European Cities: Ronald van Kempen.

10 Gentrification of Old Neighborhoods and Social Integration in Europe: Patrick Simon.

Part III Social Exclusion, Governance, and Social Cohesion in European Cities.

11 Elusive Urban Policies in Europe: Patrick Le Galès.

12 Changing Forms of Solidarity: Urban Development Programs in Europe: Jan Vranken.

13 Challenging the Family: The New Urban Poverty in Southern Europe: Enrica Morlicchio.

14 Minimum Income Policies to Combat Poverty: Local Practices and Social Justice in the “European Social Model”: Marisol García.

Visual Paths Through Urban Europe (CD-Rom).

Index

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Yuri Kazepov is Professor of Urban Sociology and Compared Welfare Systems at the University of Urbino, Italy. Since the early 1990s, he has been involved as national partner or as coordinator in several EU funded projects on urban poverty and segregation, local social policy, welfare reforms and activation policy. He is also the secretary of RC21 Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association.
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  • A unique combination of book and CD-ROM examining the effects of recent socio-economic transformations on western European cities.
  • Focuses on the interplay between segregation, social exclusion and governance issues in these cities.
  • Takes a comparative approach by highlighting the specifics of European cities vis-à-vis other urban contexts and analysing the intra-European differences.
  • The CD-ROM features a series of 2,000 photographs from seventeen cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Bucharest, Helsinki, London, Milan, Naples, New York, Paris, Rotterdam, Tirana, Turin, and Utrecht).
  • Also features 126 thematic maps, interviews with established scholars, and literature reviews.
  • The book and the CD-ROM are linked through an extensive cross-referencing system.
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"Cities of Europe is a unique publication in two senses. First, it brings together a remarkable group of leading urban scholars to produce an in-depth examination of contemporary European cities that is unrivalled in the breadth and depth of its analysis. Second, it is a highly innovative publication, using CD ROM technology to add extra dimensions to our understanding visually and through interviews with many of the contributors to the volume. As a result ordinary books about cities will now seem somewhat threadbare in comparison to Cities of Europe. It is a major contribution both to our understanding of cities and of contemporary European society and culture."
Michael Harloe, University of Salford, UK.


"The scientific cooperation that produced Cities of Europe demonstrates that the European Union entails more than market integration. In identifying a distinctive European city ideal-type, this collection turns a Eurocratic alphabet soup of research projects -- ESOPO, URBEX, UGIS, EUREX -- into a tasty broth of thoughtful insights about contemporary urban social problems. American urbanists will derive theoretical sustenance from the introductory essays, and, despite the famine of urban policy in the US, can feast upon the variety of state interventions in European cities."
Hilary Silver, Brown University, Providence, US.


"Unmercifully vexing to urban scholars is the gap between the texts that they produce and the myriad ways in which the city is actually experienced. With its wonderful CD-Rom, Cities of Europe engages the reader in closing the breach."
Robert A. Beauregard
Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New York, US

"This valuable compendium provides strong essays by major European scholars on social divisions, spatiality, and policies that clarify post-Fordist/postwelfare European cities, and a CD-ROM with supporting materials and 2,000 images of relevant places." Choice

“Valuable to our knowledge about urban sociology. Blackwell has a long tradition of publishing high-quality books in its ‘Studies in Urban and Social Change’ series.”
Geographical Review

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