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E. Sheppard, J.R. Short & F. Wu

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Part VIII: New Directions in Urban Theory

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New Directions in Urban Theory
NEW DIRECTIONS IN URBAN THEORY

Urban theories, John Rennie Short (2010: 5) has written, are selective readings of the urban condition that tend to draw on a narrow range of case studies. As such, Chicago and Manchester are synonymous with classic theories of the industrial city of the late nineteenth century; Los Angeles is the template for the post-modern city of the late twentieth century; and Shanghai is a poster child for twenty-first century urban modernity. Many other cities (and regions) are marginalized and excluded in this approach to urban theorizing. In Part VIII of the Handbook, we feature three new directions in urban theory. Two of these have emerged from research conducted beyond the pale of the North Atlantic, ...

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