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Geographical Obsessions: Urbanisation and Mobility
Geographical obsessions: Urbanisation and mobility

The twin pillars of modern geography are environmental and international knowledge. However, geographers have a number of more specific obsessions. None are more important than the two processes I shall be looking at in this chapter, urbanisation and mobility. Both have ancient roots. Both also reflect two of the most powerful social dynamics of the modern age, the rise of cities and the growth of large-scale international migration.

Urbanisation and mobility are projects and problems that lie at the heart of what used to be called the ‘rise of civilisations’ and is now, increasingly, depicted as the formation of global modernites. In this chapter I shall be charting the rise of the ‘modern urban view point’; a ...

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