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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

Chapter 5: Twin Cities: Territorial and Relational Urbanism

Twin Cities: Territorial and Relational Urbanism
Twin Cities: Territorial and Relational Urbanism
Mark JaynePhil HubbardDavid Bell

One of the great tensions in an era of planetary urbanism is that while cities are in competition with one another for jobs, investment and status, international collaboration is often deemed the route to secure competitive advantage. This chapter discusses the forms of co-operation and competition through which urban policy and knowledges are constituted and transferred from city to city via a focus on practices of ‘city twinning’ (Clarke, 2009a, 2009b; Grosspietsch, 2009; Jayne et al., 2010).1 City or town twinning is a practice that has proliferated around the world, with citizens usually made aware of international partnerships though civic visitation, educational exchanges or cultural co-operation. In the UK alone, ...

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