Urban Studies Society

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Edited by: Ronan Paddison, Wim Ostendorf, Donald McNeil, Steve Tiesdell & Susan Parnell

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2010 |
    • Online Publication Date: January 15, 2013 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446263723 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781847872579 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446263723 |
    • Series: SAGE Library in Urban Studies |
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Abstract

Throughout the world, the study of cities takes place within a wide variety of social sciences as well as in the some humanities disciplines. Furthermore, in the study of cities a major split occurs between those focusing the economic as opposed to the more social questions raised by cities. In the former the focus is on city economies, their change and how policy intervention is able to steer change; in the latter the emphasis is more on social life and change, power and inequalities. As such, the readings in both Urban Studies – Economics and Urban Studies – Society set out to map the multidisciplinary nature of the field.

Urban Studies – Society examines the social meaning of cities and how they have been variously imagined. ...

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  • Editor's Introduction: Cities as Societies – Unraveling the Social Basis of the City
    RonanPaddison

    In a modest volume published in the final years of the 19th century, Ebenezer Howard was to present a personal diagnosis of the then urban condition in Britain together with a blueprint for the resolution of the problems of the city, notably the contradiction between the economic opportunities it created and its liveability. Not himself an urbanist, rather a social commentator of the unprecedented scale of urban growth in 19th century England and aspiring reformer of it, Howard's influence on the imagination of the city and how cities could be better organised was to be of lasting importance throughout much of the following century, both in his own country and internationally. Cities, ...

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