The Cybercities Reader

Edited by Steve Graham

© 2003 – Routledge

464 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Providing the most comprehensive, international and interdisciplinary analysis yet of the relationships between cities, urban life and new technologies, this informative book incorporates detailed discussions of cybercity history, theory, economic processes, mobilities, physical forms, social and cultural worlds, digital divides, public domains, strategies, politics and futures.

The book includes coverage of post modern technoculture, virtual reality and the body, global city economies, urban surveillance, e-commerce, teleworking, community informatics, digital architecture, urban technology strategies, and the role of cities and new technologies in the 'war on terrorism'.

The first interdisciplinary book to address the complex interrelationships between the use and application of electronic technologies and practices and processes of contemporary metropolitan life, this key text adopts a uniquely international perspective. Detailed case studies include 'virtual cities' in Amsterdam, Internet cabins in Lima, back offices in Jamaica, and 'smart' highways in Melbourne.

An excellent teaching aid with part, section and individual extract introductions, this outstanding book provides an up-to-date snapshot of how policies for cities and cyberspaces are being combined across the world.


"In gathering together classic and contemporary papers, this volume reveals urban landscapes as simultaneously reflective and constitutive of the digital world, illustrates the powerful ways in which cyberspace is shot through with social categories of class, power, gender, and ethnicity, and renders obsolete artificial dualisms such as on-line and off-line." - Barney Warf, Florida State University

Table of Contents

Section 1: Understanding Cybercities Part 1. Cybercity Archaeologies Part 2. Theorising Cybercities Part 3. Cybercities : Hybrid forms and recombinant spaces Section 2: Cybercity Dimensions Part 4. Cybercity Mobilities Part 5. Cybercity Economies Part 6. Social and Cultural Worlds of Cybercities Part 7. Cybercity Public Domains and Digital Divides Section 3: Shaping Cybercities? Part 8. Cybercity Strategy and Politics Part 9. Cybercity Futures

About the Editor

Stephen Graham is Professor of Urban Technology at the Global Urban Research Unit in Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He is co-author of Telecommunications and the City and Splintering Urbanism, both published by Routledge, and co-editor of Managing Cities.

About the Series

Routledge Urban Reader Series

This exciting series responds to the need for comprehensive coverage of the classic and essential texts that form the basis of intellectual work in the various academic disciplines and professional fields concerned with cities. The readers focus on the key topics encountered by undergraduates, graduates and scholars in urban studies and allied fields, the contributions of major theoreticians and practitioners and other individuals, groups and organizations that study the city or practise in a field that affects the city.
As well as drawing together the best of classic and contemporary writings on the city, each reader features extensive general, section and selection introductions prepared by the volume editors to place the selections in context, illustrate relations among topics, provide information on the author and point readers towards additional related biographic material.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography