A Research Agenda for Cities


A Research Agenda for Cities

9781785363412 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John Rennie Short, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, US
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78536 341 2 Extent: 320 pp
This book provides a critical assessment of key areas of urban scholarship. In twelve stimulating chapters, expert contributors examine a range of important pressing topics from sustainability and gentrification to feminist interventions and globalization to security and food issues. Six more regionally informed expert reviews examine recent urban research in sub-Saharan Africa, South America, East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Eastern Europe. The chapters provide polemical assessments and signposts for future research. The book will be an indispensable and accessible guide to urban research across the globe.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Nowadays, the majority of people live in cities, and these cities constitute the heart of the global political economy. In a time of planetary urbanization, this contemporary and visionary book provides a critical assessment of the key areas of urban scholarship across the globe.

Following a comprehensive introduction, 11 stimulating chapters from expert contributors examine a range of important topics, including: sustainability, gentrification, feminist interventions, globalization, security and food issues. Ensuring a global coverage, a further eight regionally informed expert reviews examine recent urban research in sub-Saharan Africa, South America, South and East Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Eastern Europe. These chapters show how urban growth and resurgence unfolds in different ways across the different regions of the world. This Research Agenda provides polemical assessments of current work and signposts for future research.

This book will be an indispensable and accessible guide for students and scholars working in urban studies, urban geography, urban sociology, urban planning and comparative urbanization. City leaders will also find the case studies enlightening and informative.
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‘Where are we now – and where are we going in research on cities? What are the pressing issues and how should we approach and understand them? This book is lively, challenging and offers novel points of theoretical and empirical departure for its exploration of the urban moment. It ranges across food, feminism and surveillance and encompasses Brazil, China and the Middle East. The collection succeeds in having a generally consistent style – relaxed, critical and nicely nuanced in its suggestion of new research questions.’
– Ray Forrest, University of Bristol, UK and City University of Hong Kong
Contributors: J.V. Beaverstock, L. Benton-Short, G. Brown, J. Farrer, R. Freestone, O. Golubchikov, A. Gorman-Murray, B. Hanlon, P. Hubbard, T. Hutton, A. Kanna, M. Keeley, Y.-H. Kim, L. Kong, L. Martínez, D. Murakami Wood, C.J. Nash, L. Peake, E. Pieterse, B. Randolph, X. Ren, J.R. Short, T.J. Vicino, A. Wheeler, O. Woods, E. Wyly

1. Introduction to the urban moment
John Rennie Short

Part I The global city
2. The global city and its discontents
Yeong-Hyun Kim

3. The city of global flows
Jonathan V. Beaverstock

4. Urban surveillance after the end of globalization
David Murakami Wood

Part II The lived city
5. The queer city
Gavin Brown

6. Sex and the city: sexuality and urban order/disorder
Phil Hubbard, Andrew Gorman-Murray and Catherine J. Nash

7. Feminism and the urban
Linda Peake

8. Urban foodways: a research agenda
James Farrer

Part III Changes in the city
9. Gentrification
Elvin Wyly

10. Suburbs
Bernadette Hanlon

11. The creative city
Tom Hutton

12. Towards more sustainable cities
Lisa Benton–Short and Melissa Keeley

Part IV Cities in place
13. The urban pulse of the global south: the case of Cali, Colombia
Lina Martínez

14. The city in Brazil
Thomas J. Vicino

15. Cities in China and India: disjuncture, master-concepts, and comparisons
Xufei Ren

16. Mobile cities, modelling policies: importing/exporting the Singapore ‘model’ of development
Orlando Woods and Lily Kong

17. The city in sub-Saharan Africa
Edgar Pieterse

18. Main trends in contemporary urban studies of the Middle East and North Africa
Ahmed Kanna

19. Defining and refining the research agenda for Australian cities
Rob Freestone, Bill Randolph and Andrew Wheeler

20. The post-socialist city: insights from the spaces of radical societal change
Oleg Golubchikov


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