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A companion to the city
Bridge, Gary.
Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiv, 640 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
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A Companion to the City provides the reader with an indispensable and authoritative overview of the key debates, controversies, and questions concerning the city from a variety of theoretical vantage points with an international perspective. Indispensable companion for students of the City. Multidisciplinary approach of interest across several fields. Includes contributions from major scholars in the field.

Author Notes

Gary Bridge is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Urban Studies, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, and writes on issues of rationality, time, space and the city.

Sophie Watson is Professor of Sociology at the Open University. Her recent books include Surface City: Sydney at the Millennium (with Peter Murphy, 1997) and Postmodern Cities and Spaces (co-edited with Katherine Gibson, Blackwell, 1995).

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This massive, albeit sometimes sprawling, compendium provides 52 lively, topical articles that address and illustrate major themes and discussions in the contemporary geographical analysis of the city. The essays are arranged in five sections that cover imagination (including media), economics, social and structural divisions, public cultures and space, and politics and intervention. Each section includes a useful introduction by the editors and interdisciplinary articles by both established scholars and theoreticians (Richard Sennett, Anthony King, M. Christine Boyer) and newer voices worldwide. The short essays, which provide invaluable bibliographies, tend to offer illustrations of ongoing debates rather than systematic coverage--an analysis of movies (from Naples), a single case of historic preservation, an overview of environmental issues. In general, the essays incorporate leftist/alternative critiques to explore the meanings of race, gender, sexuality, culture, and power from provocative vantages. Despite claims for global coverage, the collection proves weaker on cases and voices from Africa, South Asia, China, Japan, and Latin America. Overall, this volume should become a useful resource for teaching and discussion, both inside and outside of the field. G. W. McDonogh Bryn Mawr College

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
Part I Imagining Cities
1 City ImaginariesGary Bridge and Sophie Watson
2 Three Urban DiscoursesJohn Rennie Short
3 Putting Cities First: Re-mapping the Origins of UrbanismEd Soja
4 Photourbanism: Planning the City from Above and from BelowAnthony Vidler
5 The Immaterial City: Representation, Imagination and Media TechnologiesJames Donald
6 Film, Representation and NaplesLesley Caldwell
7 The City as an Imperial Centre: Imagining London in two Caribbean NovelsRiad Akbur
8 Sleepwalking the Modern City: Walter Benjamin and Sigmund Freud in the World of DreamsSteve Pile
9 Contested Images of the City. City as Locus of Status, Capitalist Accumulation and Community - Competing Cultures in Southeast Asian SocietiesPatrick Guinness
Part II The Economy and the City
10 City EconomiesGary Bridge and Sophie Watson
11 The Economic Base of Contemporary CitiesAsh Amin
12 Flexible Marxism and the MetropolisAndy Merrifield
13 Mono Centric and Poli Centric: New Urban Forms and Old Urban ParadigmsWilliam A. V. Clark
14 Ups and Downs in the Global City: London and New York at the MillenniumSusan S. Fainstein and Michael Harloe
15 Analytic Borderlands: Economy and Culture in the Global CitySaskia Sassen
16 Turbulence and Sedimentation in the Labour Markets of Late 20th Century MetropolesNick Buck and Ian Gordon
17 Informational CitiesBob Catterall
18 Diaspora Chinese Capital and Asia Pacific Urban DevelopmentChung-Tong Wu
19 Capitalizing on Havana: The Return of the Repressed in a Late Socialist SocietyCharles Rutheiser
20 Urban Transformation in the Capitals of the Baltic: Innovation Culture and FinancePhilip Cooke and Erik Terk and Raite Karnite and Giedrius Blagnys
Part III Cities of Division and Difference
21 City DifferencesGary Bridge and Sophie Watson
22 Postcolonialism, Representation and the CityAnthony King
23 Cities of Polarisation and MarginalizationPeter Marcuse
24 Citizenship, Multiculturalism and the European CityAlisdair Rogers
25 Working out the Urban: Gender Relations and the CityLiz Bondi and Hazel Christie
26 The Sexual Geography of the CityFrank Mort
27 From the Other Side of the Tracks: Dual Cities, Third Spaces, and the Urban Uncanny in Contemporary Discourses of 'Race' and ClassPhil Cohen
28 Gentrification, Post-Industrialism and Industrial and Occupational Restructuring in Global CitiesChris Hamnett
29 Worlds Apart and Together: Trial by Space in IstanbulKevin Robins and Asu Aksoy
30 Value Conflicts, Identity Construction and Urban ChangeLily Kong
Part IV Public Cultures and Everyday Space
31 City PublicsGary Bridge and Sophie Watson
32 The Social Constitution of the Public RealmRichard Sennett
33 City Life and the SensesJohn Urry
34 With Child to see Any Strange Thing: Everyday Life in the CityNigel Thrift
35 Walter Benjamin, Cosmopolitanism and the Narratives of City SpacesMichael Keith
36 "X Marks the Spot: Times Square Dead or Alive?M. Christine Boyer
37 Walking and Performing 'The City': A Melbourne ChronicleKatherine Gibson and Ben Rossiter
38 The Street Politics of Jackie SmithJohn Paul Jones III
39 Everyday Life in BangkokAnnette Hamilton
40 Streetchildren in Yogyakarta: Social/ Spatial Exclusion in the Public Spaces of the CityHarriot Beazley
41 Cyberspace and the City: The Virtual City in EuropeAlessandro Aurigi and Steve Graham
Part V Urban Politics and Urban Interventions
42 City InterventionsGary Bridge and Sophie Watson
43 Planning in Relational Space and Time: Responding to New Urban RealitiesPatsy Healey
44 The Social Construction of Urban PolicyAllan Cochrane
45 Urban Planning in the Late Twentieth CenturyPatrick Troy
46 Varie