This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Communities and Contestation

Communities and Contestation
Communities and contestation

From the earliest times, cities have been noted for their capacity to encapsulate social diversity and difference. In contrast to the rural, where villages often remain predicated on the myth – if not always the reality – of kinship and stability, the city has always been known as a melting-pot of peoples from different backgrounds. This social mixity has ambivalent outcomes. One consequence is the splintering of cities along the fault-lines of race, sexuality, class, political affiliation or religion. In many contexts, these divides have taken concrete form (as in the ‘peace lines’ that long marked the sectarian divides in Belfast); in others they exist only in the imaginations of citizens (but are none the less significant for all that). ...

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