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Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience

Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience

Xiangming Chen, Anthony M. Orum, Krista E. Paulsen

ISBN: 978-1-405-15554-0

Jul 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

408 pages

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A complete introduction to the history, evolution, and future of the modern city, this book covers a wide range of theory, including the significance of space and place, to provide a balanced account of why cities are an essential part of the global human experience.
  • Covers a wide range of theoretical approaches to the city, from the historical to the cutting edge
  • Emphasizes the important themes of space and place
  • Offers a balanced account of cities and offers extensive coverage including urban inequality, environment and sustainability, and methods for studying the city
  • Takes a global approach, with examples from Berlin and Chicago to Shanghai and Mumbai
  • Includes a range of pedagogical features such as a substantial glossary of key terms, critical thinking questions, suggestions for further reading and a range of innovative textboxes which follow the themes of Exploring Further, Studying the City and Making the City Better
  • Extensively illustrated with maps, charts, tables, and over 80 photographs
  • Accompanied by a comprehensive student companion site featuring a list of relevant journals, a guide to useful web resources, and an annotated documentary film guide, alongside a useful instructor companion site with further examples, case studies, and discussion and essay questions; instructors will find a link to the instructor website on the student website at www.wiley.com/go/cities
Introduction 1

Part I The foundations 5

1 Cities as places and spaces 6

2 Social theories of urban space and place: The early perspectives 28

3 Social theories of urban space and place: Perspectives in the post-World War II era 49

4 Methods and rules for the study of cities 72

Part II The changing metropolis 99

5 The metropolis and its expansion: Early insights and basic principles 100

6 The origins and development of suburbs 123

7 Changing metropolitan landscapes after World War II 154

Part III The metropolis and social inequalities 177

8 The early metropolis as a place of inequality 178

9 Inequality and diversity in the post-World War II metropolis 204

Part IV The metropolis in the developing world 231

10 Urbanization and urban places in developing-country cities 232

11 Cities in the global economy 261

Part V Challenges of today and the metropolis of the future 295

12 Urban environments and sustainability 296

13 The remaking and future of cities 321

  • Covers a wide range of theoretical approaches to the city, from the historical to the cutting edge
  • Emphasizes the important themes of space and place
  • Offers a balanced account of cities and offers extensive coverage including urban inequality, environment and sustainability, and methods for studying the city
  • Takes a global approach, with examples from Berlin and Chicago to Shanghai and Mumbai
  • Includes a range of pedagogical features such as a substantial glossary of key terms, critical thinking questions, suggestions for further reading and a range of innovative textboxes which follow the themes of Exploring Further, Studying the City and Making the City Better
  • Extensively illustrated with maps, charts, tables, and over 80 photographs
  • Accompanied by a comprehensive student companion site featuring a list of relevant journals, a guide to useful web resources, and an annotated documentary film guide, alongside a useful instructor companion site with further examples, case studies, and discussion and essay questions; instructors will find a link to the instructor website on the student website at www.wiley.com/go/cities