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The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. An international range of scholars engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban, highlighting empirical explorations and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation that reveal the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century: Hierarchy: Elites and Evictions Productivity: Over-investment and Abandonment Authority: Governance and Mobilisations Volatility: Disruption and Adaptation Conflict: Vulnerability and Insurgency Provisionality: Infrastructure and Incrementalism Mobility: Re-bordering and De-bordering Civility: Contestation and Encounter Design: Speculation and Imagination This is a provocative, inter-disciplinary handbook for all academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies.

The Political Sociology of Cities and Urbanisation Processes: Social Movements, Inequalities and Governance1
The Political Sociology of Cities and Urbanisation Processes: Social Movements, Inequalities and Governance
Patrick Le Gals

Cities, metropolises, are political beasts. Urbanisation processes are also political. Cities, metropolises, are the locus of many powers, including protest, but coalitions may bring together political capacity by extracting resources, mobilising different groups, implementing policies. The political sociology of urbanisation on the one hand, and cities and metropolises on the other, point towards thinking in terms of turbulence, riots, inequality and mobilisation, together with institutions, policies, governance, policing and relative social order. Urban sociologists are interested in collective action, inequalities, representations, beliefs, mobilisations, actors, institutions, organisations, devices and instruments, the legacy ...

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