Urban Theory: New Critical Perspectives provides an introduction to innovative critical contributions to the field of urban studies. Chapters offer easily accessible and digestible reviews, and as a reference text Urban Theory is a comprehensive and integrated primer which covers topics necessary for a full understanding of recent theoretical engagements with cities.
The introduction outlines the development of urban theory over the past two hundred years and discusses significant theoretical, methodological and empirical challenges facing the field of urban studies in the context of an increasing globally inter-connected world. The chapters explore twenty-four topics, which are new additions to the urban theoretical debate, highlighting their relationship to long established concerns that continue to have intellectual purchase, and which also engage with rich new and emerging avenues for debate. Each chapter considers the genealogy of the topic at hand and also includes case studies which explain key terms or provide empirical examples to guide the reader to a better understanding of how theory adds to our understanding of the complexities of urban life.
This book offers a critical and assessable introduction to original and groundbreaking urban theory and will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in human geography, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, economics, planning, political science and urban studies.
Mark Jayne is Professor of Human Geography at Cardiff University, UK. Kevin Ward is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Manchester Urban Institute at the University of Manchester, UK.
List of case studies List of figures Notes on contributors Acknowledgments 1 A twenty-first century introduction to urban theory Mark Jayne and Kevin Ward 2 Affect Ben Anderson 3 Architecture Richard Baxter 4 Assemblages Ignatio Faria 5 Bodies Robyn Longhurst 6 Commons Andre Pusey and Paul Chatterton 7 Community Deborah Martin 8 Comparison Jennifer Robinson 9 Consumption Steve Miles 10 Encounters Helen F. Wilson 11 Entrepreneurialism David Wilson 12 Gentrification Loretta Lees 13 Governance Mark Davidson 14 Informalities Melanie Lombard and Paula Meth 15 Learning Colin McFarlane 16 Materialities Alan Latham 17 Mobilities Ola Soederstroem 18 Neo-liberalism Ugo Rossi 19 Play Quentin Stevens 20 Politics Andy Jonas 21 Rhythm Tim Edensor 22 Rights Joaquin Villanueva 23 Sexuality Jon Binnie 24 Suburban Roger Keil 25 Sustainability Rob Krueger 26 Afterword Mark Jayne and Kevin Ward Bibliography Index