This textbook of essays by leading critical urbanists is a compelling introduction to an important field of study; it interrogates contemporary conflicts and contradictions inherent in the social experience of living in cities that are undergoing neoliberal restructuring, and grapples with profound questions and challenging policy considerations about diversity, equity, and justice. A stimulant to debate in any undergraduate urban studies classroom, this book will inspire a new generation of urban social scholars.

Representing and Imagining the City

Representing and Imagining the City

Representing and Imagining the City
Regan KochAlan Latham


Imagine you are approaching a city. What's your mental image? A skyline seems quite likely. Approach a city by plane, train or automobile and when you see the skyline you know you're getting close, right? Countless films open with an aerial scan of towering buildings, steel and glass skyscrapers, apartment blocks or clusters of shanty houses to set the scene. Search the word ‘city’ using Google Images and you'll find millions of these images – page after page of skylines.

All cities have a skyline, and at first glance they are merely a repetition of buildings and other big things that form an outline against the horizon. Yet many are remarkably distinct. They serve ...

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