The SAGE Companion to the City
- Tim Hall - University of Winchester, UK
- Phil Hubbard - Kings College, London, UK, Loughborough University, UK, University of Kent, UK
- John Rennie Short - University of Maryland, USA
Urban Planning | Urban Sociology
—Paul Knox, University Distinguished Professer, Virginia Tech University
This well-organized and up-to-date text is a comprehensive study guide to the city. It explains and evaluates the key ideas informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates.
Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy. Each chapter is illustrated with key extracts from the literature:
- Section One: Histories explains power; religion; science and technology; modernity; and the landscape of the city.
- Section Two: Economies and Inequalities explains work and leisure; globalization; innovation and the economy; and the role of the state.
- Section Three: Communities explains migration and settlement; segregation and division; civility; house and home; and housing and homelessness.
- Section Four: Order and Disorder explains politics and policy; planning and conflict; law and order; and surveillance and terror.
This book pulls together an exceptional range of literature in addressing the complexity of contemporary patterns and processes of urbanization. It offers a rich array of concepts and theories and is studded with fascinating examples that illustrate the changing nature of cities and urban life.
The SAGE Companion to the City is a tour-de-force of contemporary urban studies. At once a stocktake, showcase and springboard for scholarly approaches to cities and city life, the editors have assembled a cohesive and convincing set of lucid, insightful and critical essays of great quality. Eschewing grand theory and deadening encyclopediasm, the contributors refresh both longstanding concerns and explore new themes in ways both brilliantly accessible to newcomers and satisfying to the cognoscenti.
The book is a very interesting piece of work related to urban designers, planners, landscape architects, architects and geographers, with extra emphasis on cultural geography.
The way the book is divided into sections and chapters offers the reader a diversity of information from different optical angles. Also the chapters offer a multicultural approach on the subjects discussed at each section.
The intention is to use a number of the book's chapters as reading material for the students.
This book offers an excellent thematic overview of contemporary discussions in urban studies. I teach urban studies as a first year unit. This book is a great resource for my students.
An excellent introduction to urban studies and wider writings about the city. This is recommended reading for all tourism studies undergraduates undertaking a module entitled The Living City at Level 2 and another named Urban Tourism at Level 3. I like the style and the way in which it encourages further reading as well as mapping out where that further reading might be found.
A great book to help all, lecturer and student alike on the thorny issues of urban studies. Relevent and up to date.
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