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Imagining Cities

1st Edition

Edited by Sallie Westwood, John M Williams


296 pages

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First published in 1997, Imagining Cities gives students access to the most exciting recent work on the city from within sociology, cultural studies and cultural geography. Contributions are grouped around four major themes:

  • The theoretical imagination
  • Ethnic diversity and the politics of difference
  • Memory and nostalgia
  • The city as narrative

The book considers the interplay of past and present, imagined and substantive, and links present and future in examining the idea of the virtual city. Here, the world of cyberspace not only recasts views of space and communication, but has a profound impact on the sociological imagination itself.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Imagining Cities, Sallie Westwood and John Williams

Part I: Theorising Cities

1. Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis, Edward W. Soja

2. Imagining the Real-Time City: Telecommunications, Urban Paradigms and the Future of Cities, Stephen Graham

3. Chaotic Places or Complex Places? Cities in a Post-Industrial Era, David Byrne

Part II: Racial/Spatial Imaginaries

4. Out of the Melting Pot Into the Fire Next Time: Imagining the East End as City, Body, Text, Phil Cohen

5. White Governmentality: Urbanism, Nationalism, Racism, Barnor Hesse

6. Migrant Spaces and Settlers’ Time: Forming and De-Forming an Inner City, Max Farrar

Part III: Nostalgia/Memory

7. Looking Backward, Nostalgia and the City, Elizabeth Wilson

8. Authenticity and Suburbia, David Chaney

9. ‘Proper Little Mesters’: Nostalgia and Protest Masculinity and De-Industrialised Sheffield, Ian Taylor and Ruth Jamieson

Part IV: Narrating Cityscapes

10. This, Here, Now: Imagining the Modern City, James Donald

11. (Re)Placing the City: Cultural Relocation and the City as Centre, Tim Hall

12. Anglicising the American Dream: Tragedy, Farce and the ‘Postmodern’ City, Julie Charlesworth and Allan Cochrane

Part V: Virtual Cities

13. Cyberpunk as Social Theory: William Gibson and the Sociological Imagination, Roger Burrows

14. Cities, Subjectivity and Cyberspace, Graham B. McBeath and Stephen A. Webb



About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: British Sociological Association

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General