This text examines the global nature of cities - cities whose openness has shaped their dynamism and character.
It explores cities as sites of movement, migration and settlement where different peoples, cultures and environments combine. Unsettling Cities explores the mix of proximity and difference that exists in the rich and diverse texture of city life. The contributors reveal the association between the changing fortunes of cities and the power and influence of global networks.
John Allen is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at The Open University. His recent publictions include A Shrinking World? (1995, co-edited with Chris Hamnett) and Rethinking the Region (1998, with Doreen Masssey and Alan Cochrane)
Doreen Massey is Professor of Geography at The Open University. She is co-founder and joint editor of Soundings: a journal of politics and culture Her recent books include Spatial Divisions of Labour (2nd Ed 1995) and Space, Place and Gender (1994).
Michael Pryke is Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. He has published a number of articles
"Formidable yet accessible, Unsettling Cities succeeds on almost every level. It stands complete in its own right, regardless of what power it draws from its integration with the two companion texts. the movement/stability frame of reference is compelling and sustained, with a cohesiveness not easily attained in edited books" Environment and Planning B 1999 Vol. 26
"Anyone interested in a fresh look at contemporary urban geography must read this work of academic and pedagogic excellence. I wish the texts available when I read urban geography for the first time over 20 years ago had been as exciting and enthusiastically as this one" Paul Bull, Dept Geog, birkbeck College for Urban Studies Vol 37, no.2
'Overall this text ought to become a standard teaching item and is a model example of how to display and convey complex ideas to students.' - Rob Imrie, Dept Geog, Royal Holloway University London for International Planning Studies Vol 6, No 1, 2001