The Connected City explores how thinking about networks helps make sense of modern cities: what they are, how they work, and where they are headed. Cities and urban life can be examined as networks, and these urban networks can be examined at many different levels.
The book focuses on three levels of urban networks: micro, meso, and macro. These levels build upon one another, and require distinctive analytical approaches that make it possible to consider different types of questions. At one extreme, micro-urban networks focus on the networks that exist within cities, like the social relationships among neighbors that generate a sense of community and belonging. At the opposite extreme, macro-urban networks focus on networks between cities, like the web of nonstop airline flights that make face-to-face business meetings possible.
This book contains three major sections organized by the level of analysis and scale of network. Throughout these sections, when a new methodological concept is introduced, a separate `method note' provides a brief and accessible introduction to the practical issues of using networks in research. What makes this book unique is that it synthesizes the insights and tools of the multiple scales of urban networks, and integrates the theory and method of network analysis.
Zachary P. Neal is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies at Michigan State University, and serves as Associate Editor of Global Networks and on the Editorial Board of City and Community. His research on cities and networks has appeared in Urban Studies, Global Networks, City and Community, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and Geographical Analysis. He is also the co-editor of Common Ground? Readings and Reflections on Public Space.
1 INTRODUCTION: Why cities? Why networks? Part 1: Micro-urban Networks: Networks within Cities 2. COMMUNITY: Lost or found 3. SUBCULTURE: Finding your crowd in a crowd 4. POLITICS: We don't want nobody nobody sent Part 2: Meso-urban Networks: Cities as Networks 5. FORM: Getting from here to there 6. FUNCTION: Working together Part 3: Macro-urban Networks: Networks of Cities 7. REGIONAL: From city to metropolis 8. NATIONAL: The real action is between cities 9. GLOBAL: Nylon holds the world together 10. CONCLUSION: The new science of urban networks Notes. References and suggested reading. Index.