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Postmetropolis : Critical Studies of Cities and Regions - Edward W. Soja


Critical Studies of Cities and Regions


Published: 18th May 2000
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Postmetropolis completes Edward Soja's trilogy aimed at expanding the scope and critical insight of our spatial imaginations. Applying the theoretical frameworks developed in Postmodern Geographies (1989) and Thirdspace (1996), it is the first comprehensive text in the growing field of critical urban and regional studies to deal with the dramatically restructured megacities that emerged worldwide over the last half of the twentieth century. At its core is a lively discussion of six discourses that have coalesced around explaining what Soja calls the postmetropolitan transition, a major sea change in how we live in cities and experience urbanism as a way of life. To provide depth to these discussions, the book begins with a rethinking of the debates on the origins of cities, the geohistorical evolution of urban form, and the dynamic relations between society and space in the specific context of urban agglomerations. In addition to being an innovative text in urban and regional studies and an insightful application of new approaches to interpreting the spatiality of human life, Postmetropolis is also a book about contemporary Los Angeles, a vivid and far-reaching interpretation of its turbulent recent history and geography. The book concludes with a look back to the civil unrest of 1992 to portray the postmetropolis in explosive crisis as well as to draw some hope for the future based on new coalition-based struggles for spatial justice and regional democracy.

"Traditional sociological and urban design critiques of theAmerican city have left vacant a wide middle ground of criticalenquiry. Between statistical analysis and physical critique, EdwardSoja attempts to bridge the divide by proposing a 'third way' forurban studies. The result is a broad overview, ranging betweensociological and cultural points of view, with the provocativepossibility of pairing the two in a new urban paradigm." TomLeslie, World Architecture

"Coming to the field as a relative novice, I found this bookmore straightforward and thought provoking than I expected...it issure to be of interest and value to students and researchersalike." Regional Studies.

"Postmetropolis effectively illuminates the richcomplexity and multidisciplinary of urban and regionalrestructuring in the current era... will serve as a usefulresource." Journal of Economic and Social Geography.

"Postmetropolis is magisterial in its historic sweep"Thomas L. Bell, University of Tennessee.

List of Illustrations.



Part I: Remapping the Geohistory of Cityspace. .


1. Putting Cities First.

2. The Second Urban Revolution.

3. The Third Urban Revolution: Modernity and Urban-Industrial Capitalism.

4. Metropolis in Crisis.

5. An Introduction to the Conurbation of Greater Los Angeles.

Part II: Six Discourses on the Postmetropolis. .


6. The Postfordist Industrial Metropolis: Restructuring the Geopolitical Economy of Urbanism.

7. Cosmopolis: The Globalization of Cityspace.

8. Exopolis: The Restructuring of Urban Form.

9. Fractal City: Metropolarities and the Restructured Social Mosaic.

10. The Carceral Archipelago: Governing Space in the Postmetropolis.

11. Simcities: Restructuring the Urban Imaginary.

Part III: Lived Space: Rethinking 1992 in Los Angeles.

12. L. A. 1992: Overture to a Conclusion.

13. L. A. 1992: The Spaces of Representation.

14. Postcript: Critical Reflections on the Postmetropolis.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

ISBN: 9781577180012
ISBN-10: 1577180011
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 18th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.54 x 16.97  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1