Urban Theory and the Urban Experience

Encountering the City

By Simon Parker

© 2003 – Routledge

228 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

For the first time Urban Theory and the Urban Experience brings together classic and contemporary approaches to urban research in order to reveal the intellectual origins of urban studies, and the often unacknowledged debt that empirical and theoretical perspectives on the city owe to one another.

Both students and urban scholars will appreciate the critical way in which classical and contemporary debates on the nature of the city are presented. Extensive use is made throughout of documentary, literary and cultural sources to bring the different theoretical perspectives to life. Discussion points introduce and explain key concepts and intellectual histories in a jargon free manner. End of chapter further readings have also been annotated to encourage additional study.


"Probably the best guide to the complex currents of contemporary urban theory currently available." - Stephen Graham, University of Newcastle

'This is, unequivocally, the best urban textbook to have been written in recent years; perhaps, even, the best ever… Parker deserves congratulating for managing to produce such a comprehensive, well-balanced and well pitched overview of contemporary knowledge on the city.' - David B. Clarke, University of Leeds for Progress in Human Geography

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Encountering the City 2. The Foundations of Urban Theory: Weber, Simmel, Benjamin and Lefebvre 3.The City Described: Social Reform And The Empirical Tradition in Classic Urban Studies 4. Visions of Utopia: From the Garden City to the New Urbanism 5. The City and the Suburb: Urban Studies In The United States and Britain after the Second World War 6. Urban Fortunes: Making Sense of the Capitalist City 7. The Contested City: Politics, People and Power 8. From Pillar to Post: Culture, Representation and Difference in the Urban World 9. Putting the City in its Place: Urban Futures and the Future of Urban Theory

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban