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Ordinary Cities, Extraordinary Geographies

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Ordinary Cities, Extraordinary Geographies

People, Place and Space

9781789908015 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John R. Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK, Ronald V. Kalafsky, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Tennessee and Vida Vanchan, Professor, Geography and Planning Department, Buffalo State College, SUNY, US
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 801 5 Extent: c 256 pp
This insightful book explores smaller towns and cities, places in which the majority of people live, highlighting that these more ordinary places have extraordinary geographies. It focuses on the development of an alternative approach to urban studies and theory that foregrounds smaller cities and towns rather than much larger cities and conurbations.

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This insightful book explores smaller towns and cities, places in which the majority of people live, highlighting that these more ordinary places have extraordinary geographies. It focuses on the development of an alternative approach to urban studies and theory that foregrounds smaller cities and towns rather than much larger cities and conurbations.

Comparative case studies from Australia, Cambodia, India, Korea, the UK and US provide a rich collection of theoretically informed investigations into smaller urban centres that are connected in complex ways to regional, national and international flows of people, goods, ideas and materials. The book further examines policy development and implementation in smaller towns and cities. Chapters analyse core societal challenges, including economic restructuring, urban decline and renewal, and ageing populations.

This is a timely and important book for students of human geography, urban studies, planning, and economic geography, particularly those focusing on cities and economic development. It will also appeal to policymakers and planners seeking insights on current debates reframing urban theory to embrace more ordinary towns and cities.
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‘Ordinary Cities, Extraordinary Geographies is a call for a more inclusive research agenda centering overlooked places often perceived as less important because they are not exceptionally large, or wealthy, or confronted by exceptional circumstances. Bryson, Kalafsky, and Vanchan have assembled both a compelling argument for studying ordinary places and a collection of international empirical examples. The result is an illustration of how and why studying ordinary places is essential to building a more inclusive research agenda for geography (and more broadly social science).’
– Jennifer Clark, The Ohio State University, US
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Contributors include: Ju-Hyun Bae, Tom Barnes, John R. Bryson, George Frantz, William Graves, Louise Johnson, Kamyoung Kim, Ronald V. Kalafsky, Jonathan Kozar, Suparna Soni, Jacob Salder, Vida Vanchan, Sally Weller, Stephen William

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