296 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    City provides an accessible yet critical introduction to one of the key ideas in human geography. While most of the world’s population now lives in cities, the definition and theoretical specification of the city nonetheless remains elusive. In this extensively updated second edition, Phil Hubbard considers the different ways that the lived and messy realities of urban life have been approached by geographers, past and present. Situating these in the context of ongoing debates concerning globalization, urban fragmentation and planetary urbanism, this new edition considers how contemporary understandings of cities are being enriched via engagement with feminist, queer and post-colonial perspectives. Drawing on a diverse range of literature and case studies from around the world, and featuring boxed explorations of key concepts, City is an essential guide to urban geography for the experienced researcher and novice alike.

    List of Illustrations

    List of Boxes


    Preface to the second edition


    1. Urbanization and the urban question

    2. Segregation and divided cities

    3. Globalization and mobile cities

    4. Post-colonial and superdiverse cities

    5. Feminist theory and gendered cities

    6. Queer theory and cities of desire

    7. Urban media and representation

    8. Technology and post-human cities

    9. Embodiment and the lived city





    Phil Hubbard is Professor in Urban Studies at King’s College London.

    'In this second edition of City, Hubbard delivers another masterclass in how to deal with complex concepts in a clear and accessible manner. In reworking it significantly from the first edition, Hubbard updates the book to include recent intellectual developments in global urban studies, such as those on comparative, mobile, planetary and relational urbanism. With a sophisticated use of boxes and images, City is one again the go-to book for the intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate student.' - Kevin Ward, Professor of Human Geography, University of Manchester, UK


    'The essential guide to the city and how to think about it. Hubbard’s City transcends its primary disciplinary focus and speaks to urban scholars of all stripes.' - Professor Tim Hall, Head of Department of Applied Social Sciences, University of Winchester, UK