This book develops a fresh and challenging perspective on the city. Drawing on a wide and diverse range of material and texts, it argues that too much contemporary urban theory is based on nostalgia for a humane, face-to-face and bounded city. Amin and Thrift maintain that the traditional divide between the city and the rest of the world has been perforated through urban encroachment, the thickening of the links between the two, and urbanization as a way of life.
They outline an innovative sociology of the city that scatters urban life along a series of sites and circulations, reinstating previously suppressed areas of contemporary urban life: from the presence of non-human activity to the centrality of distant connections. The implications of this viewpoint are traced through a series of chapters on power, economy and democracy.
This concise and accessible book will be of interest to students and scholars in sociology, geography, urban studies, cultural studies and politics.
Ash Amin is Professor of Geography at the University of Durham. Nigel Thrift is Professor of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The Legibility of the Everyday City:. Introduction. The New Urbanism in Context. The Flaneur and Transitivity. Rhythms and Rhythmanalysis. Urban Footprints and Namings. A Basic Ontology. 2. Propinquity and Flow in the City:. Introduction. The Nostalgic City. Near and Far. Distanciated Communities. The Restless Site. Conclusion. 3. Cities in a Distanciated Ecomony:. Introduction. The Urbanised Economy. Cities as Sites. Conclusion. 4. The Machinic City:. Introduction. Circulation. The City of Passions. The Engineering of Certainty. 5. Powerful Cities:. Introduction. Diagrams of Power. Escape Attempts. But!!!. Conclusion. 6. The Democratic City:. Introduction. Creating a Democratic Public'. Political City. Rights to the City: A Politics of the Commons. A Mobile Politics. Afterword: Testing New Ground. References. Index.