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In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 5: The Elite Habitus in Cities of Accumulation

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The Elite Habitus in Cities of Accumulation
The Elite Habitus in Cities of Accumulation
Mike Savage

The 21st-century city is undergoing a profound transformation, one which is returning cities to a much older historical role, as centres where surpluses are extracted to, stored and circulated. Much urban analysis, however, remains locked into a Euro-American modernist paradigm which originated to comprehend ‘Fordist’ industrial cities. While there is an extensive critique of the dominance of Western urban paradigms, and a growing awareness of the distinctive character of urbanisation in the global south (see notably Robinson 2006, 2011; Simone 2004; 2009), as Jenny Robinson (2013) has argued, our quintessential modernist sensitivity to the urban remains largely intact (see, generally, Savage, Warde & Ward 2003; ...

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