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Author Harding, Alan, 1958- author.

Title Urban theory : a critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century / Alan Harding & Talja Blokland.

Published Los Angeles SAGE, 2014.
©2014.

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 UniM Archit  307.76 HARD    DUE 22-10-19
Physical description xvii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [233]-284) and index.
Contents 1 What Is Urban Theory? 1 -- Urban studies and urban theory 1 -- What is urban? 7 -- What is theory? 12 -- And so what on earth is urban theory? 19 -- Questions for discussion 21 -- Further reading 21 -- 2 Urban Theories Under Conditions of Modernity 23 -- Introduction 23 -- Chicago School and urban ecology 24 -- Urban geography and spatial analysis 29 -- Community power debate 32 -- Humanistic (urban) geography 35 -- 'Radical' approaches 38 -- Legacy of previous theories and their challenges 47 -- Questions for discussion 53 -- Further reading 53 -- 3 From The Urban Crisis to the 'Triumph of the City' 56 -- Cities as actors in a globalising economy 56 -- Urban decline and obsolescence 60 -- Urban economic renaissance 74 -- Discussion 86 -- Questions for discussion 86 -- Further reading 87 -- 4 Can Cities Act? Urban Political Economy and the Question of Agency 88 -- Rediscovery of agency within urban theory 88 -- Introducing American urban political economy 89 -- Urban regimes and growth machines 93 -- Normative dimension 107 -- Critiques and applications 109 -- Questions for discussion 118 -- Further reading 118 -- 5 Spatial Expressions of Intra-Urban Inequalities 120 -- Introduction 120 -- Inequalities versus differentiations: vertical and horizontal paradigms 124 -- Cities as sites of resources: space and inequalities 127 -- Segregation 131 -- Suburbanisation 140 -- Gentrification 145 -- Ghettoisation as a spatial process of marginalisation 150 -- Neighbourhood effects: spatial profit and disadvantage 160 -- Summary and conclusion 166 -- Questions for discussion 168 -- Further reading 169 -- 6 Spatial Expressions of Differentiation 171 -- Introduction 171 -- Cultural turn 174 -- City as a realm of community and lifestyles 178 -- Subcultural thesis 182 -- Representational city: public space 185 -- Cultural diversity: identities in public space 191 -- Conclusion: cities as a matrix of resources 214 -- Questions for discussion 216 -- Further reading 217 -- 7 Urban Theory Reconsidered 219 -- 'crisis' in urban theory revisited 219 -- Performance of theories 222 -- Commensurability of theories 224 -- Theory, politics and practice 226 -- A new urban agenda? 229.
Summary What is urban theory? How can it be used to understand our urban experiences? Experiences typically defined by enormous inequalities, not just between cities but within cities, in an increasingly interconnected and globalised world. This book explains: Relations between urban theory and modernity - the foundational concept in urban studies - in key ideas of the Chicago School, in spatial analysis, humanistic urban geography, and 'radical' approaches like Marxism ; Cities and the transition from industrial to informational economies, globalization, the importance of urban growth machine and urban regime theory, the city as an actor ; Spatial expressions of inequality - understood horizontally and vertically - and key ideas like segregation, ghettoization, suburbanization, gentrification, and neighbourhood effects ; Socio-cultural spatial expressions of difference and key concepts like gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, public space; culturalist perspectives on identity, lifestyle, subculture. How cities should be understood as intersections of horizontal and vertical,of coinciding resources, positions, locations; of different constellations of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and age, influencing how we make and understand urban experiences. Critical, interdisciplinary and pedagogically informed with opening summaries, boxes, questions for discussion and guided further reading, this text provides the tools for any student of the city to understand, even to change, our own urban experiences.
Other author Blokland-Potters, Talja, author.
Subject Sociology, Urban -- Philosophy.
Cities and towns -- Philosophy.
Variant Title Critical introduction to power, cities and urbanism in the 21st century.
ISBN 9781446294529 (paperback)
9781446294512 (hardback)