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Caroline Knowles & Roger Burrows

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 6: Reimagining Chinese London

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Reimagining Chinese London
Reimagining Chinese London
Caroline Knowles Roger Burrows
Introduction

The accelerating pace of cultural, socio-economic and technological change is now such that the academic social sciences often struggle to maintain viable conceptualisations of the realities of contemporary social life. This problem is nowhere more acute than in contemporary urban studies, where myriad complex, emergent and spatial processes collide in a manner that the social sciences find increasingly difficult to describe adequately, frame or represent analytically (Amin and Thrift, 2002a). Our concern in this chapter is to focus on, what we consider to be, one particularly acute instance of the social sciences not keeping pace with the emerging realities of contemporary city life: the changing role and ...

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