1st Edition

The Unequal City Urban Resurgence, Displacement and the Making of Inequality in Global Cities

By John Rennie Short Copyright 2018
    220 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    220 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cities around the world have seen: an increase in population and capital investments in land and building; a shift in central city populations as the poor are forced out; and a radical restructuring of urban space.

    The Unequal City tells the story of urban change and acts as a comprehensive guide to the Urban Now. A number of trends are examined, including: the role of liquid capital; the resurgence of population; the construction of megaprojects and hosting of global megaevents; the role of the new rich; and the emergence of a new middle class. This book explores the reasons behind the displacement of the poor to the suburbs and beyond. Drawing upon case studies from around the world, readers are exposed to an examination of the urban projects that involve the reuse of older industrial spaces, the greening of the cities, and the securitization of the public spaces.

    This book draws on political economy, cultural and political analysis, and urban geography approaches in order to consider the multifaceted nature of the process and its global unfolding. It will be essential reading to those interested in urban studies, economic geography, urban economics, urban sociology, urban planning and globalization.

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    Chapter 1 Cities of The Urban Now

    Chapter 2 Displacements

    Chapter 3 Capital and The Unequal City

    Chapter 4 The Urban Arena: Contesting The Unequal City

    Chapter 5 New People, New Cities

    Chapter 6 Revalorizing Space and Time

    Chapter 7 Big Urbanism

    Chapter 8 Marketing The City

    Chapter 9 New Urban Ecologies

    Chapter 10 Imaginaries of the Urban Future



    John Rennie Short is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA.