The City: The Basics

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Routledge, Sep 10, 2012 - Science - 224 pages

The City: The Basics provides a brief yet compelling overview of the study of cities and city life. The book draws on a range of perspectives – economic, political, cultural, and environmental aspects are all considered – to provide a broad comparison of the evolution of cities in the rich Global North and the poorer Global South. Topics covered in the book include:

  • a brief history of cities from ancient times to the post-modern present
  • the differences between "global cities" in the North and "megacities" in the South
  • the environmental impact of urban life and the idea of sustainable cities
  • urban planning, urban politics and urban poverty.

Featuring suggestions for further reading, recommended websites and a number of maps and illustrations, this is the ideal starting point for those interested in any aspect of cities or urban studies.

 

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Contents

1 Cities and City Life
1
2 Cities as the Source of Civilization
12
3 From Trading to Industrial Cities
34
4 From Industrial to PostIndustrial Cities
55
5 City Economics
81
6 City Politics
104
7 City Culture
127
8 City Environment
148
9 City Planning
167
10 City Futures
192
Glossary
201
Index
216
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About the author (2012)

Kevin Archer is Chair of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning at the University of South Florida. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on urban issues, globalization, and the production of nature.

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