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1st Edition

The Urban Geography Reader

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ISBN 9780415307024
Published June 6, 2005 by Routledge
426 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 those working in the fields of urban policy design, urban geographers have also played an important role in the analysis of the economic and social problems confronting cities.

Capturing the diversity of scholarship in the field of urban geography, this reader presents a stimulating selection of articles and excerpts by leading figures. Organized around seven themes, it addresses the changing economic, social, cultural, and technological conditions of contemporary urbanization and the range of personal and public responses. It reflects the academic importance of urban geography in terms of both its theoretical and empirical analysis as well as its applied policy relevance, and features extensive editorial input in the form of general, section and individual extract introductions.

Bringing together in one volume 'classic' and contemporary pieces of urban geography, studies undertaken in the developed and developing worlds, and examples of theoretical and applied research, it provides in a convenient, student-friendly format, an unparalleled resource for those studying the complex geographies of urban areas.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations  1. The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project Edward W. Burgess  2. The Structure and Growth of Residential Neighborhoods in American Cities Homer Hoyt  3. A Theory of Location for Cities Edward L. Ullman  4. The Nature of Cities Chauncey D. Harris and Edward L. Ullman  Part 2: Globalization & Transnationalism  5. Social Polarization in Global Cities: Theory and Evidence Chris Hamnett  6. The World City Hypothesis: Reflections from the Periphery D. Simon  7. Cultural Globalization and the Identity of Place: The Reconstruction of Amsterdam Jan Nijman  8. World-City Network: A New Metageography? Beaverstock et al  Part 3: Restructuring  9. The Urban Process Under Capitalism David Harvey  10. Beyond the Crabgrass Frontier: Industry and the Spread of North American Cities, 1850-1950 Richard Walker and Robert D. Lewis  11. Gentrification, the Frontier and the Restructuring of Urban Space Neil Smith  12. Postmodern Urbanism Michael Dear and Steven Flusty Part 4: Governance, Politics and Inequality  13. Local Governance, the Crises of Fordism and the Changing Geographies of Regulation Mark Goodwin & Joe Painter  14. Local Politics in a Global Era: Thinking Locally, Acting Globally Susan E. Clarke and Gary L. Gaile  15. Territoriality, Politics and the 'Urban' Cox  16. Retooling the Machine: Economic Crisis, State Restructuring and Urban Politics Jessop, Peck and Tickell  17. Yuppies, Yuffies and the New Urban Order Short  18. From Urban Entrepreneurialism to a 'Revanchist City'? On the Spatial Injustices of Glasgow's Renaissance McLeod  Part 5: Difference  19. The Idea of Chinatown: The Power of Place and Institutional Practice in the Making of a Racial Category Kay Anderson  20. An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Los Angeles Laura Pulido, S. Sidawi & R. Voss  21. On the Links Between Home and Work: In Household Strategies in a Buoyant Labour Market Gerry Pratt & Susan Hanson  22. Gender Divisions and Gentrification Liz Bondi  23. Gentrification and Gay Neighborhood Formation in New Orleans: A Case Study Larry Knopp Part 6: Form & Symbolism  24. Styles of the Times: Liberal and Neo-Conservative Landscapes in Inner Vancouver, 1968-86 David Ley  25. The Restless Urban Landscape Paul Knox  26. Portland's Comprehensive Plan as Text: The Fred Meyer Case and the Politics of Reading Judith Kenny  27. The Magic of the Mall: An Analysis of Form, Function, and Meaning in the Contemporary Retail Built Environment Jon Goss  28. Sunshine and Shadow: Lighting and Color in the Depiction of Cities on Film Larry Ford  Part 7: Technologies  29. City Watching: Close Circuit Television Surveillance in Public Spaces Nicholas Fyfe and John Bannister  30. Telecommunications and the Changing Geographies of Knowledge Transmission in the Late 20th Century Barney Warf  31. GIS Use in Community Planning: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Empowerment Sarah A. Ellwood  32. Fetishizing the Modern City: The Phantasmagoria of Urban Technological Networks Maria Kaika and Erik Swyngedouw

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Nicholas Fyfe is Reader in Human Geography at the University of Dundee and Judith T. Kenny is Associate Professor in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.