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Macmillan Higher Education

Understanding the Urban

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Paperback - 9780333724293

13 March 2001

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Hardcover - 9780333724286

11 May 2001

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Cities are changing at a rate unparalleled since the industrial revolution and more than half the population of the world now lives in cities compared with less than a quarter in 1950. Construction is booming in and around...

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Cities are changing at a rate unparalleled since the industrial revolution and more than half the population of the world now lives in cities compared with less than a quarter in 1950. Construction is booming in and around cities, but the downside to these developments is that cities of the postindustrial world appear to have greater social divisions.

Understanding the Urban examines the contemporary nature and possible futures of cities in a postindustrial and globalized world. Theoretical debates and empirical research from a range of disciplines are brought together to provide an understanding of cities both as complex systems and as the product of collective human action.

This well structured and lively text draws extensively on political, economic and cultural examples from developing and developed countries to explore key topics such as:
· Restructuring of urban employment;
· The transformation of `culture' in cities;
· Locality and community;
· Cities in a world system;
· Production and reproduction of the built environment
· Politics and governance.

To encourage students to develop a critical understanding of today's cities, innovative references to literary, cinematic and www examples are provided alongside conventional academic resources at the end of each chapter.

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The multidisciplinary approach is essential for 'understanding the urban' and for strengthening the book's appeal in this interdisciplinary field of study
The author draws on a range of international examples and empirical studies from developed and developing countries
References to literary, cinematic and www examples as well as academic resources are provided at the end of every chapter

Introduction
The City at the Beginning of a New Millennium
The Genesis and the Implications of the Postindustrial City
Locality and Community: the Significance of Place
Grounding the Global: Cities in a World System
The Divided City: the Ecology of Postindustrial Places
Culture and the Urban: Commodity, Understanding and Resource
The Production and Reproduction of the Built Environment
Politics and Governance in Urban Places
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index.

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DAVID BYRNE is Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Durham. He has worked both as an academic and in community research and his main intellectual interest is in the development of complexity theory as a method of understanding the social world in order to change it.

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DAVID BYRNE is Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Durham. He has worked both as an academic and in community research and his main intellectual interest is in the development of complexity theory as a method of understanding the social world in order to change it.

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