The text argues that cities are open to many forms of order and disorder both from within the city and outside. They represent cities potentials as well as their problems. It challenges the assumption that cities are threatened by disorder from below and that they might be ruled by 'order' imposed from above.
`Readable - accessible to undergraduates and certainly interesting to postgraduates…good range of questions and is up-to-date and relavant to current concerns.' - - Malcolm Miles, Oxford Brookes University, UK
`Very good on current social theory, good case studies…excellent photographs and global coverage.' - - Dr David Sibley, Hull University, UK
`…this text provides an illuminating and intelligent understanding of where, how and why such cities persisit.It's use of seminal works and critical analysis is simply inspiring.' - - Dr M Gillen, Northumbria University
"An excellent insight into the city - economically, socially, politically and culturally. Essential undergraduate reading" Heidi Grainger, Liverpool University