What do cities tell us about power? How does power shape cities? These are the main questions answered by a multidisciplinary set of eminent urban scholar in crisp articles on capital cities from around the world, from Buenos Aires to Tokyo, from Jakarta to Moscow. Focus is on contemporary cities and their manifestations and representations of power, though often with a historical grounding, and the collection also includes an example of archaeological urban analysis, from northern Mesopotamia. Through its variety of approaches by leading scholars of the field, and its variety of cities with their different histories and their diverse national contexts and political organization the book gives a uniquely insightful and easily accessible world overview of cities of power.
This book was published as a special issue of the International Journal of Urban Sciences.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Cities and power Göran Therborn
2. Ancient cities and power: the archaeology of urbanism in the Iron Age capitals of northern Mesopotamia James F. Osborne
3. Hidden and exposed faces of power in Buenos Aires Margarita Gutman
4. Tshwane and spaces of power in South Africa Alan Mabin
5. Cities of power and protest: spatial legibility and the colonial state in early twentieth-century India Swati Chattopadhyay
6. Power and time turning: The capital, the state and the kampung in Jakarta Abidin Kusno
7. Planet Moscow, a guide to the changing landscape of power Karl Schlögel
8. City power and urban fiscal crises: the USA, China, and India Xuefei Ren
9. The landscape of Tokyo power Kuniko Fujita
10. Cities (and regions) within a city: subnational representations and the creation of European imaginaries in Brussels Carola Hein
Göran Therborn is Professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has worked on all the populated continents of the world, and has dealt with a number of themes and topics in numerous publications, including cities as places of power, processes of inequality, sex, gender, and family relations, waves and processes of globalization, world pathways to modernity, unemployment and social policies in comparative perspective, the history of democracy and the right to vote.