City A-Z / edited by Steve Pile and Nigel Thrift.

by Pile, Steve, 1961-Looking glass; Thrift, N. J., 1949-.

Publisher: London : Routledge, 2000.Description: xxi,319 pages : illustrations ; 25cm.ISBN: 0415207274; 0415207282.Subject(s): Cities and townsLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glass | Urban geographyLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Featuring a fantastic line up of contributors, The City A-Z introduces students to a refreshingly new way of thinking about and understanding cities and urban life. Specially comissioned short entries capture moments of the city, constantly surprising the reader with entries ranging from poetry to prose, from paintings to a photo-essay, and from rigorous noisy analysis to quiet stories of city life. An "ideas" map, similar to the London Underground map, links all the different themes providing a route through this unique text.
Includes contributions from: Ash Amin , Anette Baldauf , David Bell, Walter Benjamin, Alistair Bonnett, Iain Borden, Stephen Cairns, Iain Chambers, Steve Graham, Dolores Hayden, Steve Hinchcliffe, Mary King, Deborah Levy, Eugene McLoughlin, Harvey Molotch, Miles Ogborn, Steve Pile, Roy Porter, Jane Rendell, Saskia Sassen, David Sibley, Sharon Zukin

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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CHOICE Review

This book is a unique contribution to the urban studies literature, a selective pseudo-dictionary of more than 125 entries aimed at capturing essential concepts of contemporary urbanism and city life. The editors view this work as part of a "wave of experimentation which is concerned with writing the city." The entries, averaging two pages in length, are supplied by an impressive array of nearly 50, largely British, scholars, and range alphabetically from "Air" to "Zero." Topical diversity is suggested by the listings under "M": Madness, Maids, Malls, Maps, Marathons, Meeting Places, Memory, Money, Museums, and Music. The entries, while cross-referenced, are not cataloged in a table of contents or entry-specific index, an attempt by the editors to keep readers flexible as well as surprised. Entry quality is generally high, with each an intellectual experience constituting a fragment capable of aggregation with others to build understanding of the urban experience. Although it defies categorization, this work is recommended for urban studies collections at all levels as a stimulating introduction to the flavor of the current British urban scene. P. O. Muller University of Miami

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Steve Pile is Senior Lecturer in social sciences at the Open University. Nigel Thrift is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Bristol.

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