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Readings in Urban Theory



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This collection of readings examines the interaction of economy, culture, politics, policy and space within the United States and the United Kingdom. It brings together in one place unabridged selections from recent works by authors who have dramatically transformed the field of urban theory. The readings deal with the changing urban and regional system, its social impacts, the effect of publicly-sponsored redevelopment programs, and the cultural meanings of spatial relations. For the second edition, more than half of the readings are new and the introduction and section prefaces have been revised. A section on the city and "the new urbanism" has been added, and there is increased emphasis on design, tourism, sustainability and culture. Many of the additions and replacements are by the same authors as the readings in the previous edition but are more recent, keeping the volume current. Comprehensive and well organised, this convenient reader will continue to stimulate classroom debate.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Acknowledgments. Introduction: Theories of Urban Development and Their Implications for Policy Planning.Part I: The Changing Urban and Regional System:Introduction.1. Bourgeois Utopias: Visions of Suburbia: Robert Fishman.2. Cities in a World Economy: Saskia Sassen.3. New Industrial Cities? The Four Faces of Silicon Valley: Mia Gray, Elyse Golob, Ann Markusen, Sam Ock Park.4. Virtual Ecology: A Brief Environmental History of Silicon Valley: Aaron Sachs.5. Regulation Theory, Post-Fordism and Urban Politics: Joe Painter.6. The Changing World Economy and Urban Restructuring: Susan S. Fainstein.Part II: Race and Inequality:Introduction.7. From the Metropolis to Globalization: The Dialectics of Race and Urban Form: William W. Goldsmith.8. Poverty, Social Rights and the Quality of Citizenship: Roger Lawson and William Julius Wilson.9. Race, Class, and Segregation: Discourses about African Americans: Norman Fainstein.Part III: Redevelopment and Urban Transformation:Introduction.10. The City as a Growth Machine: John R. Logan and Harvey L. Molotch.11. Partnership and the Pursuit of the Private City: Gregory D. Squires12. Gentrification, the Frontier, and the Restructuring of Urban Space: Neil Smith13. Promoting Tourism in US Cities: Dennis R. JuddPart IV: Culture, Design, and Urban Form:Introduction.14. Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern Metropolis: John Hannigan15. Whose Culture? Whose City?: Sharon Zukin.16. See you in Disneyland: Michael Sorkin.17. The New Urbanism: Douglas Kelbaugh.18. Urban or Suburban?: Carol Burns, Robert Campbell, Andres Duany, Jerold Kayden and Alex Krieger.19. Social Justice, Postmodernism, and the City: David Harvey.Index.

Author Biography

Susan S. Fainstein is Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her research has focused on planning theory, comparative public policy, urban redevelopment, and citizen participation. Among her books are Urban Political Movements, Restructuring the City, The City Builders (Second Edition, 2001), and Divided Cities (co-edited with Ian Gordon and Michael Harloe; Blackwell, 1992). Scott Campbell is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. . His research has focused on defense-industrial cities, regional and environmental planning, and German cities. He is co-author of The Rise of the Gunbelt (with Ann Markusen, Peter Hall and Sabina Deitrick) and of a forthcoming book on Berlin.
Release date NZ
December 10th, 2001
Edited by Scott Campbell Edited by Susan S. Fainstein
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
19 illustrations
Blackwell Publishers
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