The Unequal City: Urban Resurgence, Displacement and the Making of Inequality in Global Cities, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Unequal City

Urban Resurgence, Displacement and the Making of Inequality in Global Cities, 1st Edition

By John Rennie Short


196 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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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


About the Author

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography