At the start of the new millennium cities are firmly back on the agenda. Cities are the sites of complex global/local interconnections producing a multiplicity of social, cultural, political and economic spaces and forms. It is no longer possible, if it ever was, to look at the city from one perspective. A Companion to the City sets out to think about cities in more textured ways and brings together scholars from a range of fields to create a multidisciplinary approach to the city. Academics from disciplines as diverse as film studies and economics, philosophy and geography, turn their attention to the city and generate exciting new ways of thinking. This Companion provides the reader with an indispensable and authoritative overview of the key debates, controversies, and questions concerning the city from a variety of theoretical vantage points with an international perspective. It can be used as as stand-alone text or in conjunction with The Blackwell City Reader (Blackwell Publishing, 2002), compiled by the same editors.
"...covers everything from the role of dance in shaping cities to race and class in South Africa to the application of military techniques to city planning." (The Observer, 19 June 2011)
"Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson's Companion to the City is a wonderful compendium of some of the best writing on cities and urbanism. It covers a wide range of approaches encompassing the city in literature, planning, representations of the city, policy and analysis. It truly is a 'companion' and like all good companions has always something relevant to say whatever the reader's mood or whatever s/he is searching for." Professor Elizabeth Wilson, previously of University of North London
"This is a first-class read, useful for architects and planners as well as for students of the city. A state-of-the-art book." Richard Sennett, London School of Economics and Political Science
"This is a substantial, well illustrated volume in five parts [...] The editors have certainly succeeded in their aim to 'create a multidiscplinary approach to cities' in compiling their 'companion'." Stephen Royle, Queen's University Belfast
List of Illustrations.
Part I: Imagining Cities:.
1 City Imaginaries: Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson.
2. Three Urban Discourses: John Rennie Short.
3. Putting Cities First: Re-mapping the Origins of Urbanism: Ed Soja.
4. Photourbanism: Planning the City from Above and from Below: Anthony Vidler.
5. The Immaterial City: Representation, Imagination and Media Technologies: James Donald.
6. Film, Representation and Naples: Lesley Caldwell.
7. The City as an Imperial Centre: Imagining London in two Caribbean Novels: Riad Akbur.
8. Sleepwalking the Modern City: Walter Benjamin and Sigmund Freud in the World of Dreams: Steve Pile.
9. Contested Images of the City. City as Locus of Status, Capitalist Accumulation and Community - Competing Cultures in Southeast Asian Societies: Patrick Guinness.
Part II: The Economy and the City:.
10. City Economies: Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson.
11. The Economic Base of Contemporary Cities: Ash Amin.
12. Flexible Marxism and the Metropolis: Andy Merrifield.
13. Mono Centric and Poli Centric: New Urban Forms and Old Urban Paradigms: William A. V. Clark.
14. Ups and Downs in the Global City: London and New York at the Millennium: Susan S. Fainstein and Michael Harloe.
15. Analytic Borderlands: Economy and Culture in the Global City: Saskia Sassen.
16. Turbulence and Sedimentation in the Labour Markets of Late 20th Century Metropoles: Nick Buck and Ian Gordon.
17. Informational Cities: Bob Catterall.
18. Diaspora Chinese Capital and Asia Pacific Urban Development: Chung-Tong Wu.
19. Capitalizing on Havana: The Return of the Repressed in a Late Socialist Society: Charles Rutheiser.
20. Urban Transformation in the Capitals of the Baltic: Innovation Culture and Finance: Philip Cooke, Erik Terk, Raite Karnite, Giedrius Blagnys.
Part III: Cities of Division and Difference:.
21. City Differences: Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson.
22. Postcolonialism, Representation and the City: Anthony King.
23. Cities of Polarisation and Marginalization: Peter Marcuse.
24. Citizenship, Multiculturalism and the European City: Alisdair Rogers.
25. Working out the Urban: Gender Relations and the City: Liz Bondi and Hazel Christie.
26. The Sexual Geography of the City: Frank Mort.
27. From the Other Side of the Tracks: Dual Cities, Third Spaces, and the Urban Uncanny in Contemporary Discourses of 'Race' and Class: Phil Cohen.
28. Gentrification, Post-Industrialism and Industrial and Occupational Restructuring in Global Cities: Chris Hamnett.
29. Worlds Apart and Together: Trial by Space in Istanbul: Kevin Robins and Asu Aksoy.
30. Value Conflicts, Identity Construction and Urban Change: Lily Kong.
Part IV: Public Cultures and Everyday Space:.
31. City Publics: Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson.
32. The Social Constitution of the Public Realm: Richard Sennett.
33. City Life and the Senses: John Urry.
34. With Child to see Any Strange Thing: Everyday Life in the City: Nigel Thrift.
35. Walter Benjamin, Cosmopolitanism and the Narratives of City Spaces: Michael Keith.
36. "X Marks the Spot: Times Square Dead or Alive?: M. Christine Boyer.
37. Walking and Performing 'The City': A Melbourne Chronicle: Katherine Gibson and Ben Rossiter.
38. The Street Politics of Jackie Smith: John Paul Jones III.
39. Everyday Life in Bangkok: Annette Hamilton.
40. Streetchildren in Yogyakarta: Social/ Spatial Exclusion in the Public Spaces of the City: Harriot Beazley.
41. Cyberspace and the City: The Virtual City in Europe: Alessandro Aurigi and Steve Graham.
Part V: Urban Politics and Urban Interventions:.
42. City Interventions: Gary Bridge and Sophie Watson.
43. Planning in Relational Space and Time: Responding to New Urban Realities: Patsy Healey.
44. The Social Construction of Urban Policy: Allan Cochrane.
45. Urban Planning in the Late Twentieth Century: Patrick Troy.
46. Varied Legacies of Modernism in Urban Planning: Alan Mabin.
47. The Environment of the City ... or the Urbanisation of Nature: Erik Swyngedouw and Maria Kaika.
48. Power and Urban Poltics Revisited: The Uses and Abuses of North American Urban Political Economy: Alan Harding.
49. Social Justice and the City: Equity, Cohesion and the Politics of Space: Fran Tonkiss.
50. Property Relations and Planning in European Urban Development: Michael Edwards.
51. The Politics of Universal Provision of Public Housing: Chua Beng-Huat.
52. Reintegrating the Apartheid City? Urban Policy and Urban Restructuring in Durban: Alison Todes.
Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Geography
Number Of Pages: 654
Published: 30th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.19 x 17.41 x 4.14
Weight (kg): 1.24
Edition Number: 1