The SAGE companion to the city / edited by Tim Hall, Phil Hubbard and John Rennie Short.

by Hall, Tim, 1968-Looking glass; Hubbard, PhilLooking glass; Short, John RLooking glass.

Publisher: Los Angeles, Calif. ; SAGE, 2008.Description: ix, 398 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781412902076; 141290207X; 9781412902069; 1412902061.Other title: Companion to the city.Subject(s): Cities and townsLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glass | Urban economicsLooking glass | Urban geographyLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"This book pulls together an exceptional range of literature in addressing the complexity of contemporary patterns and processes of urbanization. It offers a rich array of concepts and theories and is studded with fascinating examples that illustrate the changing nature of cities and urban life." -Paul Knox, University Distinguished Professer, Virginia Tech UniversityThis well-organized and up-to-date text is a comprehensive study guide to the city. It explains and evaluates the key ideas informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy. Each chapter is illustrated with key extracts from the literature: Section One: Histories explains power; religion; science and technology; modernity; and the landscape of the city. Section Two: Economies and Inequalities explains work and leisure; globalization; innovation and the economy; and the role of the state. Section Three: Communities explains migration and settlement; segregation and division; civility; house and home; and housing and homelessness. Section Four: Order and Disorder explains politics and policy; planning and conflict; law and order; and surveillance and terror. Intended Audience: An accessible guide to all areas of urban studies, The SAGE Companion to the City offers both a contemporary cutting edge reflection and measured historical and geographical reflection on urban studies. It is essential reading for students of any discipline interested in the city as an object of study.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Part 1 Histories And Ideologies
  • Power and Prestige
  • Faith and Devotion
  • Science and Technology
  • Modernity and Utopia
  • Monuments and Memories
  • Part 2 Economies And Inequalities
  • Capital and Class
  • Global and Local
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • States and Laws
  • Pleasure and Leisure
  • Part 3 Communities And Contestation
  • Migration and Settlement
  • Segregation and Division
  • Civility and Etiquette
  • House and Home
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Part 4 Order And Disorder
  • Politics and Policy
  • Speed and Slowness
  • Planning and Conflict
  • Crime and Policing
  • Terror and surveillance
  • Dreams and Nightmares

Reviews provided by Syndetics


This anthology provides 21 essays pertaining to urban studies-related topics. The essays are subdivided into four thematic sections: "Histories and Ideologies," "Economies and Inequalities," "Communities and Contestation," and "Order and Disorder." The volume provides a useful overview of historical and contemporary issues in the study of cities, with chapters focused on such topics as capital and class, homelessness, segregation, and terror and surveillance. Most of the contributors are geographers from the US and UK, and for this reason, the topics and literature reviews found in most of the articles lean heavily to those associated with urban social geography. In many of the articles, coverage of the important literature and concerns of other disciplines central to urban studies, such as sociology and anthropology, is not very thoroughly covered. Most useful as a supplement to other authoritative texts in urban studies. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. M. E. Pfeifer Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi