Introduction to Cities How Place and Space Shape Human Experience

ISBN-10: 140515554X
ISBN-13: 9781405155540
Edition: 2012
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 7/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

This text follows the basic premise that cities and metropolitan centers must be seen as both places and spaces that are vital to the making of the human experience. Place and space are defined in clear terms, and then they are elaborated upon in a broad but accessible theoretical manner.

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of boxes
About the authors
Acknowledgments
Walk-through tour
Introduction
The Foundations
Cities as places and spaces
Cities as places
Exploring further 1.1
Identity, community, and security
Places as the site of our identity
Places as the site of community
Places as sites of security
Studying the city 1.1
Human beings make and remake places
Place and space
Studying the city 1.2
Making the city better 1.1
Cities shape the fates of human beings
Cities and people
Social theories of urban space and place: The early perspectives
The social and theoretical roots of modern urban theory
Studying the city 2.1
Ferdinand T�nnies: Community and society
Georg Simmel: The metropolis and mental life
T�nnies and Simmel: Further reflections
Exploring further 2.1
The Chicago School of Sociology
The city as social space
The city, social change, and social order
Studying the city 2.2
Life in the city as a way of life
Making the city better 2.1
Early social theories of urban life
Social theories of urban space and place: Perspectives in the post-World War II era
Theoretical descendents of Marx
Manuel Castells and the1 urban question
David Harvey: Injustice and inequality in the city
John Logan and Harvey Molotch: The city as a growth machine
Making the city better 3.1
Making the city better 3.2
Further reflections: Marx and the critique of modern cities
The return to place and the turn to culture
Jane Jacobs and the discovery of community in the modern metropolis
Studying the city 3.1
Sharon Zukin and the turn to culture
Exploring further 3.1
Going global: The 1980s and the creation of the global city
Evaluating theories of the city
Methods and rules for the study of cities
First rules for doing a social science of cities
The rule of validity
The rule of reliability
Exploring further 4.1
Cities and the question of numbers
Studying the city 4.1 79 The city as a case study
The city as the typical case
The city as a prototypical case
Ethnographic and historical case studies
Ethnographic case studies
Studying the city 4.2
Historical case studies
From one to multiple cases
Studying the city 4.3
A last but very important rule on doing a good social science of cities: Fitting good theory to good methods
And what about insight?
The Changing Metropolis
The metropolis and its expansion: Early insights and basic principles
Metropolitan growth: Basic features
The metropolis and its expansion
The center of the city
The zone of transition
The zone of commuters
Assessing the concentric zone theory
The natural areas of the city
Alternative views of the city
Studying the city 5.1
The mobility of people and groups in the metropolis
Social differences and migration in the metropolis
Exploring further 5.1
Migration and the expansion of the metropolis
The metropolitan center and its links to the hinterlands
Human agents and social institutions in the expansion of the metropolis
Studying the city 5.2
Making the city better 5.1
Urban growth, institutions, and human agents
The origins and development of suburbs
What is a suburb? Definitions and variations
Alternative suburban forms
A brief history of suburban development
The original suburbs
Culture and the demand for suburban living
Making the city better 6.1
Exploring further 6.1
Early suburban diversity
Transportation technologies and suburban expansion
Making the city better 6.2
The role of policy in suburban expansion
The mass production of US suburbs
Changes and challenges in contemporary suburbs
Privatization and gated communities
The varied fates of older suburbs
Suburbs as places
Studying the city 6.1
Changing metropolitan landscapes after World War II
Los Angeles: The prototype of the postwar metropolis
Exploring further 7.1
The changing metropolitan order
The decline - of older industrial cities
The rise of the postindustrial/postmodern metropolitan regions
The importance of transportation, again
The remaking of places and spaces: The profound human and political consequences
Making the city better 7.1
The emerging global economy: A brief overview
Studying the city 7.1
People, place, and space in a global world
The Metropolis and Social Inequalities
The early metropolis as a place of inequality
Colonial cities as unequal places
Early urban diversity
Cities of immigrants
Immigrant lives: New York's Five Points
Studying the city 8.1
The Five Points case in context
Early reform and intervention efforts
Making the American ghetto
Integrated beginnings
Making the city better 8.1
New neighbors, new tensions
The perpetuation and implications of black ghettos
Studying the city 8.2
Exploring further 8.1
The significance of urban diversity and inequality
Inequality and diversity in the post-World War II metropolis
Inequality and the metropolis
Poverty and race
Exploring further 9.1
Poverty and homelessness
Making the city better 9.1
Gentrification and the remaking of the metropolis
Exploring further 9.2
Studying the city 9.1
Social diversity and the transformed metropolis
The new immigration and the transformation of the metropolis
Europe
The United States and Canada
Reconstructing the contemporary metropolis: New ethnic enclaves
Studying the city 9.2
Other dimensions of urban diversity
Making the city better 9.2
The Western metropolis in flux
The Metropolis in the Developing World
Urbanization and urban places in developing-country cities
Urbanization: The basic path and its impact on place
Developing-country cities in historical perspective
Studying the city 10.1
The basic dimensions of urbanization
Urban hierarchy
Urban primacy
Over-urbanization versus under-urbanization
Studying the city 10.2
Natural increase and in-migration
From process and system to place
A basic profile with multiple wrinkles
Megacities as places: Opportunities and challenges
Size and density
Creating wealth and sustaining poverty
Exploring further 10.1
Making the city better 10.1
The developing megacity as a lived place
Making the city better 10.2
Governing the megacities
Studying the city 10.3
Reassessing the developing city
Cities in the global economy
Cities in a globalizing world: Theoretical background
Emerging cities in the global economy
Yiwu, China
Rajarhat, India
Further Reflections on Yiwu
Re-emerging cities in the global economy
Berlin, Germany: A once-prosperous, then challenged, and now re-emerging local culture
Shanghai, China: Local change in a rising renaissance city
Moving more deeply into the global economy
Dongguan, China: A place transformed from a rural township into a global factory-city
Studying the city 11.1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: From desert to urban miracle to mirage
Cities in a fully networked global economy
The regional dimension and mediation of cities
Becoming globally networked
Exploring further 11.1
Interdependence between cities and the global economy
Studying the city 11.2
Systematic constraint and individual flexibility
The Global restructuring of cities
Making the city better 11.1
Challenges of Today and the Metropolis Of The Future
Urban environments and sustainability
Making use of nature
Natural attributes and urban development
Interpreting and manipulating nature
Studying the city 12.1
Inviting "disaster"
Why rebuild?
Urban environments
Local environmental concerns
Making the city better 12.1
Environment and inequality
Making the city better 12.2
Global environmental concerns
Urbanization's environmental impacts
Cities and climate change
Addressing environmental issues: Toward sustainability
Exploring further 12.1
The remaking and future of cities
Between place and space: Reinforcing a theoretical vision
Remaking cities from above and at critical moments
The crisis of Detroit
The remaking of Detroit
Making the city better 13.1
Place-remaking on a larger scale
Daily place-remaking from below
Remaking neighborhoods and communities
The remaking of Brooklyn, New York
From Detroit and New York to China and Shanghai - again
Remaking cities for the future
Scaling up and looking forward
Studying the city 13.1
The China and India scenarios and their wider implications
Cities of the future and the future of cities
Making the city better 13.2
Making the city better 13.3
Exploring further 13.1
A final look at the twenty-first-century city
Glossary
References
Index

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