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.

Power and Prestige

Power and Prestige

Power and prestige

This Chapter

  • Considers the idea that power is inscribed in the urban landscape in a variety of ways
  • Shows how the design, use and symbolism of urban space works to reproduce certain social, economic and political values
  • Concludes that while the city is infused with power, it is also a site of resistance and opposition

Cities and Power

Cities are the medium and outcome of power: that is to say, they are the means by which power is expressed, and at the same time, the result of power and influence. This is evident in many senses. For example, cities express the power of the state and capital, but also of various social and civic groups, and indeed, individuals. States have the capacity ...

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