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Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction

Andrew E. G. Jonas, Eugene McCann, Mary Thomas

ISBN: 978-1-405-18980-4 April 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 378 Pages


Urban Geography a comprehensive introduction to a variety of issues relating to contemporary urban geography, including patterns and processes of urbanization, urban development, urban planning, and life experiences in modern cities.

  • Reveals both the diversity of ordinary urban geographies and the networks, flows and relations which increasingly connect cities and urban spaces at the global scale
  • Uses the city as a lens for proposing and developing critical concepts which show how wider social processes, relations, and power structures are changing
  • Considers the experiences, lives, practices, struggles, and words of ordinary urban residents and marginalized social groups rather than exclusively those of urban elites
  • Shows readers how to develop critical perspectives on dominant neoliberal representations of the city and explore the great diversity of urban worlds

List of Figures vii

List of Tables xi

List of Boxes xii

Acknowledgments xiv

Preface xvi

1 Approaching the City 1

2 Cities for Whom? The Contours and Commitments of Critical Urban Geography 27

3 Production, Economy, and the City 53

4 A World of Cities 77

5 Labor and the City 100

6 The City and Social Reproduction 122

7 Governing the City: The State, Urban Planning, and Politics 141

8 Experiencing Cities 162

9 Molding and Marketing the Image of the City 184

10 Nature and Environment in the City 206

11 Urban Arts and Visual Cultures 229

12 Alternative Urban Spaces and Politics 252

13 Urban Crises 274

14 Epilogue: Critical Urban Geographies and Their Futures 299

Glossary 307

References 325

Index 347

“I like this book for the above points. The authors have succeeded to stir thoughts about urbanization and to appreciate urban geography from an alternative perspective. This book would be particularly helpful to students and those involved in urbanization processes, including businesses.”  (3D Visualization World Magazine, 24 June 2015)