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Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions



Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions

Edward W. Soja

ISBN: 978-1-577-18001-2 May 2000 Wiley-Blackwell 462 Pages


This completes Ed Soja's trilogy on urban studies, which began with Postmodern Geographies and continued with Thirdspace. It is the first comprehensive text in the growing field of critical urban studies to deal with the dramatically restructured megacities that have emerged world-wide over the last half of the twentieth-century.
List of Illustrations.



Part I: Remapping the Geohistory of Cityspace. .


1. Putting Cities First.

2. The Second Urban Revolution.

3. The Third Urban Revolution: Modernity and Urban-Industrial Capitalism.

4. Metropolis in Crisis.

5. An Introduction to the Conurbation of Greater Los Angeles.

Part II: Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis. .


6. The Postfordist Industrial Metropolis: Restructuring the Geopolitical Economy of Urbanism.

7. Cosmopolis: The Globalization of Cityspace.

8. Exopolis: The Restructuring of Urban Form.

9. Fractal City: Metropolarities and the Restructured Social Mosaic.

10. The Carceral Archipelago: Governing Space in the Postmetropolis.

11. Simcities: Restructuring the Urban Imaginary.

Part III: Lived Space: Rethinking 1992 in Los Angeles.

12. L. A. 1992: Overture to a Conclusion.

13. L. A. 1992: The Spaces of Representation.

14. Postcript: Critical Reflections on the Postmetropolis.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

"Traditional sociological and urban design critiques of the American city have left vacant a wide middle ground of critical enquiry. Between statistical analysis and physical critique, Edward Soja attempts to bridge the divide by proposing a 'third way' for urban studies. The result is a broad overview, ranging between sociological and cultural points of view, with the provocative possibility of pairing the two in a new urban paradigm." Tom Leslie, World Architecture

"Coming to the field as a relative novice, I found this book more straightforward and thought provoking than I is sure to be of interest and value to students and researchers alike." Regional Studies.

"Postmetropolis effectively illuminates the rich complexity and multidisciplinary of urban and regional restructuring in the current era... will serve as a useful resource." Journal of Economic and Social Geography.

"Postmetropolis is magisterial in its historic sweep" Thomas L. Bell, University of Tennessee.

  • This is an advanced textbook in which Soja applies his theoretical and philosophical understandings of the task of explaining the contemporary city.

  • Provides an overview of the history of the city since its inception.

  • Presents Los Angeles as a representative text in the history of urbanism.

  • Defines a new subfield called critical studies of cities and regions.