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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 Global Urban: Difference and Complexity in Urban Studies and the Science of Cities1
The Global Urban: Difference and Complexity in Urban Studies and the Science of Cities
Susan Parnell Jennifer Robinson
Introduction

The study of the city is in a phase of theoretical reflection and experimentation. There is concern to build analyses of the urban that are informed by trends and experiences of urbanization across the world, accounting for the pace, scale and form of demographic and social change as well as the overall social, economic and ecological significance of the city in global or planetary change. For example, the desire in international policy circles to ‘leave no city behind’ and to generate useful guidance for development ...

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