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.

Conclusion: Engaging the Urban World

Conclusion: Engaging the Urban World

Conclusion: Engaging the Urban World
Eugene McCannRonan Paddison

The central aim of this book is to provide a relatively advanced, theoretically informed, yet empirically grounded discussion of the social experience of urban life; one that critically addresses the excitement, contradictions, conflicts and tensions of living in cities and that, through the range of authorial voices, highlights the rich diversity of urban social geography. The chapters are written by leading scholars – people well positioned to survey the field, critically comment on its contours, and point out intellectually and politically important pathways for future research. It is not a recipe book, however. One cannot (and should not!) expect to be provided with clearly defined research questions upon which to build one's own ...

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