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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.

Reimagining Chinese London
Reimagining Chinese London
Caroline Knowles Roger Burrows
Introduction

The accelerating pace of cultural, socio-economic and technological change is now such that the academic social sciences often struggle to maintain viable conceptualisations of the realities of contemporary social life. This problem is nowhere more acute than in contemporary urban studies, where myriad complex, emergent and spatial processes collide in a manner that the social sciences find increasingly difficult to describe adequately, frame or represent analytically (Amin and Thrift, 2002a). Our concern in this chapter is to focus on, what we consider to be, one particularly acute instance of the social sciences not keeping pace with the emerging realities of contemporary city life: the changing role and ...

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