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.

The Everyday City of the Senses

The Everyday City of the Senses

The Everyday City of the Senses
Mуnica Degen


City living is in vogue in the twenty-first century. Formerly decaying inner-city neighbourhoods have been dramatically spruced up and made into attractive spaces to live in or visit. Whether it is New York's Harlem, Berlin's Kreuzberg or the historic centre of Mexico City, their desirability is advertised by estate agents and tourist guides alike. Indeed, the radical restructuring of the urban material landscape is a crucial feature of what has been described in British circles as an ‘urban renaissance’ (DETR, 1999; Lees, 2003a). This is reflected in the redesign of street-layouts, the building of new squares and public spaces and the commissioning of flagship architecture in redeveloping city centres. Yet, ‘looking good’ ...

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