Urban Theory

Urban Theory

Grand theories derive from some contemplation of the world and thick description, if it is any good, makes claims ... Urban theory merges gradually with other forms of theory – sometimes imperceptibly, at other times more dramatically.

Author: John Rennie Short

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137382665

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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This wide-ranging and state-of-the-art new edition reviews the classic contributions to understanding modern and post-modern cities, and is comprehensively updated to take account of the issues and concepts at stake in 21st century urban theory.
Categories: Social Science

Making Urban Theory

Making Urban Theory

This book facilitates more careful engagement with the production, politics and geography of knowledge as scholars create space for the inclusion of southern cities in urban theory. Making Urban Theory addresses debates of the past ...

Author: Mary Lawhon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000767957

Category: Science

Page: 124

View: 424

This book facilitates more careful engagement with the production, politics and geography of knowledge as scholars create space for the inclusion of southern cities in urban theory. Making Urban Theory addresses debates of the past fifty years regarding whether and why scholars should conceptualize southern cities as different and argues for the continued importance of unlearning existing theory. With examples from the urban question to environmental justice, urban infrastructure to basic income, this volume highlights the limitations of existing explanations as well as how thinking from the south entails more than collecting data in new places. Throughout the book, instances of juxtapositions, unease, unlearning and learning anew emphasize how theory-making from southern cases can open avenues to more creative possibilities. The book pulls theories apart, examining distinct components to better understand the universality and provinciality of empirical phenomena, causality and norms, including questions of what a city is and ought to be. This book delivers a clearer articulation of ongoing debates and future possibilities for southern urban scholarship, and it will thus be relevant for both scholars and students of Urban Studies, Urban Theory, Urban Geography, Research Methods in Geography, Postcolonial/Southern Cities and Global Cities at graduate and post-graduate levels.
Categories: Science

Urban Theory and the Urban Experience

Urban Theory and the Urban Experience

(2002) From Chicago to LA: Making Sense of Urban Theory, Thousand Oaks, CA and London: Sage. de Certeau, M. (1984) The Practice of Everyday Life, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Deegan, M.J. (1988) Jane Addams and the Men ...

Author: Simon Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136332425

Category: Architecture

Page: 290

View: 831

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 one another. From the foundations of modern urban theory in the work of Weber, Simmel, Benjamin and Lefebbvre to the writings of contemporary urban theorists such as David Harvey and Manuel Castells and the Los Angeles school of urbanism, Urban Theory and the Urban Experience traces the key developments in the idea of the city over more than a century. Individual chapters explore investigative studies of the great metropolis from Charles Booth to the contemporary urban research of William J. Wilson, along with alternative approaches to the industrial city, ranging from the Garden City Movement to ‘the new urbanism’. The volume also considers the impact of new information and communication technologies, and the growing trend towards disaggregated urban networks, all of which raise important questions about viability and physical and social identity of the conventional townscape. Urban Theory and the Urban Experience concludes with a rallying cry for a more holistic and integrated approach to the urban question in theory and in practice if the rich potent. For the benefit of students and tutors, frequent question points encourage exploration of key themes, and annotated further readings provide follow-up sources for the issues raised in each chapter. The book will be of interest to students, scholars, practitioners and all those who wish to learn more about why the urban has become the dominant social, economic and cultural form of the twenty-first century
Categories: Architecture

Critical Urban Theory Common Property and the Political

Critical Urban Theory  Common Property  and    the Political

interested in approaching critical urban theory specifically in this manner, I argue, the most effective strategy is to work through the relevant texts and pay special attention to any mentions (or absences) of key political categories ...

Author: Dan Webb

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781351736466

Category: Political Science

Page: 190

View: 276

Dan Webb explores an undervalued topic in the formal discipline of Political Theory (and political science, more broadly): the urban as a level of political analysis and political struggles in urban space. Because the city and urban space is so prominent in other critical disciplines, most notably, geography and sociology, a driving question of the book is: what kind of distinct contribution can political theory make to the already existing critical urban literature? The answer is to be found in what Webb calls the "properly political" approach to understanding political conflict as developed in the work of thinkers like Chantal Mouffe, Jodi Dean, and Slavoj Žižek. This "properly political" analysis is contrasted with and a curative to the predominant "ethical" or "post-political" understanding of the urban found in so much of the geographical and sociological critical urban theory literature. In order to illustrate this primary theoretical argument of the book, Webb suggests that "common property" is the most useful category for conceiving the city as a site of the "properly political." When the city and urban space are framed within this theoretical framework, critical urbanists are provided a powerful tool for understanding urban political struggles, in particular, anti-gentrification movements in the inner city.
Categories: Political Science

A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time

A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time

Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban Linda Peake, Elsa Koleth, Gokboru Sarp Tanyildiz, Rajyashree N. Reddy, darren patrick/dp. Nicholson, C. (2014). ... Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory.

Author: Linda Peake

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119789178

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 312

What does a feminist urban theory look like for the twenty first century? This book puts knowledges of feminist urban scholars, feminist scholars of social reproduction, and other urban theorists into conversation to propose an approach to the urban that recognises social reproduction both as foundational to urban transformations and as a methodological entry-point for urban studies. Offers an approach feminist urban theory that remains intentionally cautious of universal uses of social reproduction theory, instead focusing analytical attention on historical contingency and social difference Eleven chapters that collectively address distinct elements of the contemporary crisis in social reproduction and the urban through the lenses of infrastructure and subjectivity formation as well as through feminist efforts to decolonize urban knowledge production Deepens understandings of how people shape and reshape the spatial forms of their everyday lives, furthering understandings of the 'infinite variety' of the urban Essential reading for academics, researchers and scholars within urban studies, human geography, gender and sexuality studies, and sociology
Categories: Social Science

Urban Theory Beyond the West

Urban Theory Beyond the West

... of the proliferationof gentrification throughout theworldthere has beena tendency forwriters to apply theories developed in ... TheLegacy ofLatin American Historic Neighbourhoods There is a growing understanding that models of urban ...

Author: Tim Edensor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136629754

Category: Science

Page: 382

View: 178

Since the late eighteenth century, academic engagement with political, economic, social, cultural and spatial changes in our cities has been dominated by theoretical frameworks crafted with reference to just a small number of cities. This book offers an important antidote to the continuing focus of urban studies on cities in ‘the Global North’. Urban Theory Beyond the West contains twenty chapters from leading scholars, raising important theoretical issues about cities throughout the world. Past and current conceptual developments are reviewed and organized into four parts: ‘De-centring the City’ offers critical perspectives on re-imagining urban theoretical debates through consideration of the diversity and heterogeneity of city life; ‘Order/Disorder’ focuses on the political, physical and everyday ways in which cities are regulated and used in ways that confound this ordering; ‘Mobilities’ explores the movements of people, ideas and policy in cities and between them and ‘Imaginaries’ investigates how urbanity is differently perceived and experienced. There are three kinds of chapters published in this volume: theories generated about urbanity ‘beyond the West’; critiques, reworking or refining of ‘Western’ urban theory based upon conceptual reflection about cities from around the world and hybrid approaches that develop both of these perspectives. Urban Theory Beyond the West offers a critical and accessible review of theoretical developments, providing an original and groundbreaking contribution to urban theory. It is essential reading for students and practitioners interested in urban studies, development studies and geography.
Categories: Science

Readings in Urban Theory

Readings in Urban Theory

These carefully selected readings -- approximately three quarters new for this edition -- address issues that represent the fundamental underpinnings of urban theory.

Author: Susan S. Fainstein

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 1444330810

Category: Social Science

Page: 516

View: 650

Updated with a majority of new readings, the Third Edition of Readings in Urban Theory expands its focus to present the most recent developments in urban and regional theories and policies in a globalized world. Around 75% of the readings included are new for the third edition Unifies readings by an orientation toward political economy and normative themes of social justice Expands the focus on international planning, including globalization and theories of development Addresses the full range of core urban theory so as to remain the primary text in courses
Categories: Social Science

Representing the City

Representing the City

11 A Guide to Urban Representation and What to Do About It : Alternative Traditions of Urban Theory Rob Shields Debates over the ontological status of the city - is it ' real ' or ' imagined ' ? - have kept academics busy for decades .

Author: Anthony D. King

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814746799

Category: Social Science

Page: 282

View: 748

Classic representations of the city have focused on simplistic urban dichotomies such as renewal or decline, poverty or prosperity, and vice or vigor. We are left with the question of what actually constitutes a city and what makes it and its people succeed or fail. Recent writing on the city, however, has begun to question the images, metaphors, and discourses through which the contemporary city is represented. Discussing recent visual, architectural and spatial transformations in New York and other major world cities in relation to the themes of ethnicity, capital, and culture, Re-Presenting the City moves between interpretive representations of the newly emerging metropolis and the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the task of such representations. Contributors with backgrounds in urban planning, sociology, cultural studies, architecture, art history, geography, and philosophy reflect on the construction of both the real and the unreal city, the images, metaphors and discourses through which the contemporary city is represented, and the texts which both mediate our experience of, as well as contribute to producing, the city of the future.
Categories: Social Science

Urban Theory and the Urban Experience

Urban Theory and the Urban Experience

The book will be of interest to students, scholars, practitioners and all those who wish to learn more about why the urban has become the dominant social, economic and cultural form of the twenty-first century

Author: Simon Parker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136332418

Category: Architecture

Page: 290

View: 814

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 one another. From the foundations of modern urban theory in the work of Weber, Simmel, Benjamin and Lefebbvre to the writings of contemporary urban theorists such as David Harvey and Manuel Castells and the Los Angeles school of urbanism, Urban Theory and the Urban Experience traces the key developments in the idea of the city over more than a century. Individual chapters explore investigative studies of the great metropolis from Charles Booth to the contemporary urban research of William J. Wilson, along with alternative approaches to the industrial city, ranging from the Garden City Movement to ‘the new urbanism’. The volume also considers the impact of new information and communication technologies, and the growing trend towards disaggregated urban networks, all of which raise important questions about viability and physical and social identity of the conventional townscape. Urban Theory and the Urban Experience concludes with a rallying cry for a more holistic and integrated approach to the urban question in theory and in practice if the rich potent. For the benefit of students and tutors, frequent question points encourage exploration of key themes, and annotated further readings provide follow-up sources for the issues raised in each chapter. The book will be of interest to students, scholars, practitioners and all those who wish to learn more about why the urban has become the dominant social, economic and cultural form of the twenty-first century
Categories: Architecture

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Calling for 'a much more systematic integration of urban questions into the analytical framework of critical social theory as a whole' (2009: 205), Brenner envisions a critical-theoretical project inspired by the Frankfurt School, ...

Author: Beverley Best

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526455628

Category: Social Science

Page: 1800

View: 460

The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Categories: Social Science

Handbook of Urban Geography

Handbook of Urban Geography

urban globality' in this way then helps 'us see anew the violence of global urbanization' and 'help us envision the possibilities ... Jennifer Robinson's (2006) Ordinary Cities opens with a powerful critique of how global urban theory ...

Author: Tim Schwanen

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781785364600

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 512

View: 488

This collection brings together the latest thinking in urban geography. It provides a comprehensive overview of topical issues and draws on experiences from across the world. Chapters have been prepared by leading researchers in the field and cover themes as diverse as urban economies, inequalities and diversity, conflicts and politics, ecology and sustainability, and information technologies. The Handbook offers a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in cities and the urban in geography and across the wider social sciences.
Categories: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Intellectual Scientific and Educational Influences on Sustainability Research

Intellectual  Scientific  and Educational Influences on Sustainability Research

Cities in Theory In the face of the complexity and dynamics of the city, the literature points to a multiplicity of urban theories or 'theoretical pluralism' with no dominant perspective being privileged to be a monopoly in urban ...

Author: Turvey, Rosario Adapon

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781522573036

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 358

View: 772

Over the last few decades, the new discipline of sustainability science (SS) has evolved with a phenomenal rise in knowledge production, research, and publications, as well as the development of new academic programs and creation of centers and scientific communities, networks, and organizations. With pressing global environmental issues in the 21st century, SS has become an influential discipline and important subject of intellectual inquiry that deserves support from the academy and scientific communities worldwide to find solutions to global problems such as climate change, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss. Intellectual, Scientific, and Educational Influences on Sustainability Research is a concise and authoritative book that fills the crucial and unmet need for educational materials that integrates theoretical foundations, methodological basis, and practice in the science of sustainability. The goal of the book is to increase accessibility and use of educational and scientific knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences as it assembles the wisdom and insights from up-to-date scholarship and advances in this new discipline. Highlighting various topics such as biodiversity, public transportation, and human development, it is ideal for environmentalists, ecologists, technology developers, policymakers, academicians, researchers, and students.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Urban Studies Inside Out

Urban Studies Inside Out

While recent postcolonial-inspired critiques of urban theory cultures are diverse and irreducible to a single agenda, they are animated by several common themes and concerns (Derickson, 2015). One central line of critique focuses on how ...

Author: Helga Leitner

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781526455307

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 875

At a time of intense theoretical debates in urban studies, the research practices underlying such theories have not received the same attention. This original and creative text interrogates the methodological underpinnings of contemporary urban scholarship, with reference to different global sites and situations, as well as to recent debates around postcolonial, planetary, and provincialized urban theories. Rather than reducing methodological questions to a matter of tools and techniques, it unearths the complex connections between theory, research design, empirical work, expositional style, and normative-ethical commitments. Innovatively co-produced by faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines, Urban Studies Inside-Out it is comprised of three parts. Part I: An introduction to the field of urban studies and its changing theories, methodological norms and practices. Part II: Features a collection of methodological essays co-authored by graduate students, deconstructing the research designs, the methodological practices, and the modes of presentation and representation across recent urban monographs. Part III: Consists of informative keyword primers which explicate the key concepts and formulations in the field of urban studies. This volume offers a welcome intervention within urban studies, and stands to make a valuable contribution for graduate students and researchers.
Categories: Social Science

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out of School Learning

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out of School Learning

Critical Urban Theory and Critical Race Theory Rooted in the Frankfurt School's idea of critical theory, critical urban theory emerged as a counterperspective to the Chicago School's urban sociology. Critical urban theory welcomes ...

Author: Kylie Peppler

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483385204

Category: Education

Page: 1000

View: 700

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning documents what the best research has revealed about out-of-school learning: what facilitates or hampers it; where it takes place most effectively; how we can encourage it to develop talents and strengthen communities; and why it matters. Key features include: Approximately 260 articles organized A-to-Z in 2 volumes available in a choice of electronic or print formats. Signed articles, specially commissioned for this work and authored by key figures in the field, conclude with Cross References and Further Readings to guide students to the next step in a research journey. Reader’s Guide groups related articles within broad, thematic areas to make it easy for readers to spot additional relevant articles at a glance. Detailed Index, the Reader’s Guide, and Cross References combine for search-and-browse in the electronic version. Resource Guide points to classic books, journals, and web sites, including those of key associations.
Categories: Education

Ordinary Cities Extraordinary Geographies

Ordinary Cities  Extraordinary Geographies

In Brenner's approach to urban theory, he reflects on whether there could or should be a more “general theorization of the urban question” (2019: 33). The context of this question is the statement that his work reflects ideas that have ...

Author: Bryson, John R.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781789908022

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 903

This insightful book explores smaller towns and cities, places in which the majority of people live, highlighting that these more ordinary places have extraordinary geographies. It focuses on the development of an alternative approach to urban studies and theory that foregrounds smaller cities and towns rather than much larger cities and conurbations.
Categories: Political Science

Cities for People Not for Profit

Cities for People  Not for Profit

Introduction What iscritical urban theory? This phrase is generally usedas a shorthand reference to the writings of leftist or radical urban scholars during the post1968 period – for instance, thoseof Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, ...

Author: Neil Brenner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136625046

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

View: 661

The worldwide financial crisis has sent shock-waves of accelerated economic restructuring, regulatory reorganization and sociopolitical conflict through cities around the world. It has also given new impetus to the struggles of urban social movements emphasizing the injustice, destructiveness and unsustainability of capitalist forms of urbanization. This book contributes analyses intended to be useful for efforts to roll back contemporary profit-based forms of urbanization, and to promote alternative, radically democratic and sustainable forms of urbanism. The contributors provide cutting-edge analyses of contemporary urban restructuring, including the issues of neoliberalization, gentrification, colonization, "creative" cities, architecture and political power, sub-prime mortgage foreclosures and the ongoing struggles of "right to the city" movements. At the same time, the book explores the diverse interpretive frameworks – critical and otherwise – that are currently being used in academic discourse, in political struggles, and in everyday life to decipher contemporary urban transformations and contestations. The slogan, "cities for people, not for profit," sets into stark relief what the contributors view as a central political question involved in efforts, at once theoretical and practical, to address the global urban crises of our time. Drawing upon European and North American scholarship in sociology, politics, geography, urban planning and urban design, the book provides useful insights and perspectives for citizens, activists and intellectuals interested in exploring alternatives to contemporary forms of capitalist urbanization.
Categories: Political Science

London a Social History

London  a Social History

1990 ) – both of these applying urban theory to history ; Richard Lawton ( ed . ) , The Rise and Fall of Great Cities : Aspects of Urbanization in the Western 1 Introduction World ( New York : Belhaven Press , 1989 ) ; Paul Hohenberg ...

Author: Roy Porter

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674538390

Category: History

Page: 431

View: 347

This is the first modern one-volume history of London from Roman times to the present. Roy Porter touches the pulse of his hometown and makes it our own, capturing London's fortunes, people, and imperial glory with brio and wit.
Categories: History

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

The request is to think more substantively about different modes of urban theory-making based on a recognition of other empirical realities, other interpretations that have remained at the margins of traditional urban discursive ...

Author:

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780081022962

Category: Social Science

Page: 7242

View: 149

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Second Edition embraces diversity by design and captures the ways in which humans share places and view differences based on gender, race, nationality, location and other factors—in other words, the things that make people and places different. Questions of, for example, politics, economics, race relations and migration are introduced and discussed through a geographical lens. This updated edition will assist readers in their research by providing factual information, historical perspectives, theoretical approaches, reviews of literature, and provocative topical discussions that will stimulate creative thinking. Presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage on the topic of human geography Contains extensive scope and depth of coverage Emphasizes how geographers interact with, understand and contribute to problem-solving in the contemporary world Places an emphasis on how geography is relevant in a social and interdisciplinary context
Categories: Social Science

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies

Working Paper, Urban Theory Lab, Harvard GSD. Accessed January 26, 2018, at http://urbantheorylab.net/ uploads/Engaged-pluralism_Brenner.pdf. Brenner, N., D. Madden, and D. Wachsmuth. 2011. “Assemblage Urbanism and the Challenges of ...

Author: Anthony M. Orum

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118568453

Category: Social Science

Page: 2888

View: 914

Provides comprehensive coverage of major topics in urban and regional studies Under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Anthony Orum, this definitive reference work covers central and emergent topics in the field, through an examination of urban and regional conditions and variation across the world. It also provides authoritative entries on the main conceptual tools used by anthropologists, sociologists, geographers, and political scientists in the study of cities and regions. Among such concepts are those of place and space; geographical regions; the nature of power and politics in cities; urban culture; and many others. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies captures the character of complex urban and regional dynamics across the globe, including timely entries on Latin America, Africa, India and China. At the same time, it contains illuminating entries on some of the current concepts that seek to grasp the essence of the global world today, such as those of Friedmann and Sassen on ‘global cities’. It also includes discussions of recent economic writings on cities and regions such as those of Richard Florida. Comprised of over 450 entries on the most important topics and from a range of theoretical perspectives Features authoritative entries on topics ranging from gender and the city to biographical profiles of figures like Frank Lloyd Wright Takes a global perspective with entries providing coverage of Latin America and Africa, India and China, and, the US and Europe Includes biographies of central figures in urban and regional studies, such as Doreen Massey, Peter Hall, Neil Smith, and Henri Lefebvre The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies is an indispensable reference for students and researchers in urban and regional studies, urban sociology, urban geography, and urban anthropology.
Categories: Social Science

The Regional World

The Regional World

Not long ago , both orthodox urban theory , in the guise of central place theory , and Marxist urban theory , in the form of the theory of collective consumption , placed consumption at the heart of the urbanization process .

Author: Michael Storper

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1572303158

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 338

View: 137

This pioneering volume proposes a compelling new theory of how regions have sustained their economic viability in the era of multinational corporations. Unlike traditional approaches, which analyze economic systems in terms of their mechanics (inputs, outputs, prices, technology, etc.), this work views them as systems for coordinating human actions and relationships. Reconceptualizing the role of learning, technology, and local institutions in development, Storper illuminates the key role of regional economies as building blocks of the increasingly connected world. A thought-provoking and timely work, The Regional World carries resounding implications for educators, students, and policymakers in economic geography, economic sociology, and international business. It is an essential primary or supplementary text for graduate-level courses on economic, regional, or industrial development and policy and international business.
Categories: Business & Economics