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Suzanne Hall & Ricky Burdett

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 1: Introduction: Urban Churn

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Introduction: Urban Churn
Introduction: Urban Churn
Suzanne Hall Ricky Burdett

North Mexico City, 2015, Aerial Archives / Alamy Stock Photo

Urbanisation exceeds the numbers. No matter how provocative the varied predictions that, by 2050, two-thirds of the world's human population will be urbanised, the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation surpass our expectations. In their introductory essay to our collected edition, Parnell and Robinson (2017) underscore that: ‘There is no common “urban” object.’ So too the city defeats quantifiable definition. The essays that comprise this book reveal the city as a capricious formation; a constructed and inhabited space emerging through incremental and abrupt compositions that stretch from backyards, to mayoral offices, to multinational speculators. They show how ...

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