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 Good City?

The Good City?
Ananya Roy

The project of the good city has long been the utopian dream of urban planners, philosophers of space and urban social movements. Indeed, the very idea of the city carries within it a set of normative meanings – for example, that of civitas– and thereby far exceeds any simple description of human settlement. It is in this way that the search for the good city has come to be inextricably linked with the sheer fact of urban life, such that to talk about cities is to also inevitably talk about the good city, about arrangements of space and time that restore hope and dignity to the human condition. This utopian dream has persisted across centuries and has proliferated ...

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