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Routledge Urban Reader Series


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This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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The City Reader

The City Reader

7th Edition

Edited By Richard T. LeGates, Frederic Stout
June 16, 2020

The seventh edition of the highly successful The City Reader juxtaposes the very best classic and contemporary writings on the city. Sixty-three selections are included: forty-five from the sixth edition and eighteen new selections, including three newly written exclusively for The City Reader. The...

The Urban Geography Reader

The Urban Geography Reader

1st Edition

Edited By NICK FYFE, JUDITH KENNY
April 14, 2005

Drawing on a rich diversity of theoretical approaches and analytical strategies, urban geographers have been at the forefront of understanding the global and local processes shaping cities, and of making sense of the urban experiences of a wide variety of social groups. Through their links with ...

The Globalizing Cities Reader

The Globalizing Cities Reader

2nd Edition

Edited By Xuefei Ren, Roger Keil
October 23, 2017

The newly revised Globalizing Cities Reader reflects how the geographies of theory have recently shifted away from the western vantage points from which much of the classic work in this field was developed. The expanded volume continues to make available many of the original and foundational works...

Sustainable Urban Development Reader

Sustainable Urban Development Reader

3rd Edition

Edited By Stephen M. Wheeler, Timothy Beatley
October 31, 2014

Building on the success of its second edition, the third edition of the Sustainable Urban Development Reader provides a generous selection of classic and contemporary  readings giving a broad introduction to this topic.  It begins by tracing the roots of the sustainable development ...

Cities of the Global South Reader

Cities of the Global South Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Faranak Miraftab, Neema Kudva
October 16, 2014

The Cities of the Global South Reader adopts a fresh and critical approach to the fi eld of urbanization in the developing world. The Reader incorporates both early and emerging debates about the diverse trajectories of urbanization processes in the context of the restructured global alignments in ...

The Urban Design Reader

The Urban Design Reader

2nd Edition

Edited By Michael Larice, Elizabeth Macdonald
November 28, 2012

The second edition of The Urban Design Reader draws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate and expand the theory and practice of urban design. Nearly 50 generous selections include seminal contributions from Howard, Le Corbusier, Lynch, and Jacobs to more recent ...

The Urban Sociology Reader

The Urban Sociology Reader

2nd Edition

Edited By Jan Lin, Christopher Mele
August 30, 2012

The urban world is an exciting terrain for investigating the central institutions, structures and problems of the social world and how they have transformed through the last 200 years. This Reader comprises sections on urban social theory, racial and social difference in the city, culture in ...

The Urban and Regional Planning Reader

The Urban and Regional Planning Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Eugénie Birch
December 12, 2008

The Urban and Regional Planning Reader draws together the very best of classic and contemporary writings to illuminate the planning of cities and metropolitan areas. Forty-seven generous selections include contributions from Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, Ian McHarg, Paul Davidoff, Charles Harr, Susan...

The Urban Politics Reader

The Urban Politics Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Elizabeth Strom, John H. Mollenkopf
September 14, 2006

The Urban Politics Reader draws together classic and contemporary writings that best illuminate the basic questions of urban politics – how interests contend for power over the distribution of resources and why some win while others lose. Contributions from Martin Shefter, Clarence Stone, Rufus P. ...

The Cybercities Reader

The Cybercities Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Steve Graham
November 27, 2003

Providing the most comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary analysis yet of the relationships between cities, urban life and new technologies, this informative book incorporates detailed discussions of cybercity history, theory, economic processes, mobilities, physical forms, ...

The City Cultures Reader

The City Cultures Reader

2nd Edition

Edited By Iain Borden, Tim Hall, Malcolm Miles
October 16, 2003

Cities are both products of culture, and sites where culture is made and received. By presenting the very best of classic and contemporary writing on the culture of cities, The City Cultures Reader provides an accessible overview of the diverse material on the interface between cities and ...

The City Reader

The City Reader

3rd Edition

Edited By Richard T. Legates, Frederic Stout
August 14, 2003

The third edition of the highly successful The City Reader juxtaposes the very best of publications on the city. It has been extensively updated to reflect the latest thinking on globalization, information technology and urban theory. Classic writings from such authors as Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs...

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