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Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, The Blackwell City Reader, Second Edition features a comprehensive selection of multidisciplinary readings relating to the analysis and experience of global cities.Includes new sections of materialities and mobilities to capture the most recent debates The most international reader of its kind, including extensive coverage of urban issues in Asia, China, and India Combines theoretical approaches with a wide range of geographical case studies Organized to be used as a stand-alone text or alongside Blackwell's A Companion to the City

Author Biography

Gary Bridge is Professor of Urban Studies at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. He is the author of Reason in the City of Difference: Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (2005) and co-editor of Gentrification in a Global Context (with Rowland Atkinson, 2005), and A Companion to the City (with Sophie Watson, 2000). Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. She is the author of, among other publications, City Publics: The (Dis)enchantments of Urban Encounters (2006), co-author of Markets as Sites for Social Interaction: Spaces of Diversity (with David Studdert, 2006), and Surface City: Sydney at the Millennium (with Peter Murphy, 1997), and co-editor (with Katherine Gibson) of Postmodern Cities and Spaces (1995) and Metropolis Now (1994).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Materialitiesp. 3
Introducing Materialitiesp. 5
The Great Townsp. 11
Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great Westp. 17
The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysisp. 32
An Introduction to the Information Agep. 40
Metropolis: From the Division of Labor to Urban Formp. 49
The Economic Base of Contemporary Citiesp. 60
The Making of Global City Regions: Mumbai: The Mega-City of a Poor Countryp. 72
Urban Political Ecology, Justice and the Politics of Scalep. 79
Moving Cities: Rethinking the Materialities of Urban Geographiesp. 86
Mobilitiesp. 95
Introducing Mobilitiesp. 97
The Metropolis and Mental Lifep. 103
The Practice of Everyday Lifep. 111
The Arcades Projectp. 119
The Global City: Introducing a Conceptp. 126
Postborder Cities, Postborder World: The Rise of Bajalta Californiap. 133
Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Angerp. 138
Connectionsp. 144
Driving in the Cityp. 152
Urban Transport in Chinese Cities: The Impact on the Urban Poorp. 159
Division and Differencep. 169
Introducing Division and Differencep. 171
The Continuing Causes of Segregationp. 177
The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass and Public Policyp. 186
City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angelesp. 193
After Tompkins Square Park: Degentrification and the Revanchist Cityp. 201
The S.U.V. Model of Citizenship: Floating Bubbles, Buffer Zones, and the Rise of the "Purely Atomic" Individualp. 211
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prisonp. 221
The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Differencep. 228
City A/Gendersp. 237
Building Gay Neighborhood Enclaves: The Village and Harlemp. 243
Urban Publics and Urban Culturesp. 253
Introducing Urban Publics and Urban Culturesp. 255
The Public Realmp. 261
The Death and Life of Great American Citiesp. 273
China Urban: Health, Wealth and the Good Lifep. 278
Spatializing Culture: The Social Construction of Public Space in Costa Ricap. 284
Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to Disney Worldp. 293
City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian Londonp. 303
Homo Palpitans: Balzac's Novels and Urban Personalityp. 311
Writing the Cityp. 317
Imagining the Modern City: Light in Dark Spacesp. 323
Urban Politics and Planningp. 331
Introducing Urban Politics and Planningp. 333
The Growth of the Cityp. 339
The City of Tomorrow and its Planningp. 345
The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasíliap. 355
Urbanism, Colonialism and the World-economyp. 365
Six Discourses on the Postmetropolisp. 374
How to Study Urban Political Powerp. 382
Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Placep. 391
New Directions in Planning Theoryp. 402
Cities and the Geographies of "Actually Existing Neoliberalism"p. 411
China's Urban Transition: Backward into the Futurep. 419
Planning the Competitive City-Region: The Emergence of Strategic Development Plan in Chinap. 428
Indexp. 433
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