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2nd Edition

By Phil Hubbard


282 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

Table of Contents

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




About the Author

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

About the Series

Key Ideas in Geography

The Key Ideas in Geography series will provide strong, original, and accessible texts on important spatial concepts for academics and students working in the fields of geography, sociology and anthropology, as well as the interdisciplinary fields of urban and rural studies, development and cultural studies. Each text will locate a key idea within its traditions of thought, provide grounds for understanding its various usages and meanings, and offer critical discussion of the contribution of relevant authors and thinkers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban