ABSTRACT

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.

chapter 1|18 pages

A twenty-first century introduction to urban theory

ByMark Jayne, Kevin Ward

chapter 2|11 pages

Affect

ByBen Anderson

chapter 3|11 pages

Architecture

ByRichard Baxter

chapter 4|10 pages

Assemblages

ByIgnacio Farías

chapter 5|12 pages

Bodies

ByRobyn Longhurst

chapter 6|11 pages

Commons

ByAndre Pusey, Paul Chatterton

chapter 7|10 pages

Community

ByDeborah G. Martin

chapter 8|15 pages

Comparison

ByJennifer Robinson

chapter 9|10 pages

Consumption

BySteve Miles

chapter 10|13 pages

Encounter

ByHelen F. Wilson

chapter 11|12 pages

Entrepreneurialism

ByDavid Wilson

chapter 12|12 pages

Gentrification

ByLoretta Lees

chapter 13|12 pages

Governance

ByMark Davidson

chapter 14|14 pages

Informalities

ByMelanie Lombard, Paula Meth

chapter 15|11 pages

Learning Colin McFarlane

chapter 16|10 pages

Materialities

ByAlan Latham

chapter 17|12 pages

Mobilities

ByOla Söderström

chapter 18|13 pages

Neoliberalism

ByUgo Rossi

chapter 19|13 pages

Play

ByQuentin Stevens

chapter 20|12 pages

Politics

ByAndrew E. G. Jonas

chapter 21|11 pages

Rhythm

ByTim Edensor

chapter 22|10 pages

Rights

ByJoaquin Villanueva

chapter 23|12 pages

Sexuality

ByJon Binnie

chapter 24|13 pages

Suburban

ByRoger Keil

chapter 25|13 pages

Sustainability

ByRob Krueger

chapter 26|3 pages

Afterword

ByMark Jayne, Kevin Ward