Making sense of the urban experience has been a long term challenge for social scientists, growing in importance as that experience becomes almost universally shared.
Within the context of an increasingly urbanised world, this book shows why and how geography matters in understanding cities and the ways in which people live in them. It engages directly with some of the key debates in urban studies drawing on some of the insights of contemporary geographical thinking and research, and brings together theory and evidence in ways that allow each to inform the other.
Written by a highly experienced and respected author the book addresses global and comparative dimensions of urbanisation and will be a valuable resource for academics, lecturers and students on urban geography and planning courses.
Allan Cochrane is particularly interested in exploring the connections between policy change, institutional restructuring and the spaces of political and social change. Over the past decade Allan has undertaken research on the reshaping and re-imagining of Berlin, on the contemporary redefinition of British urban policy, on higher education and regional social transformation and on the governance of the South-East of England as a city ‘region’. He is currently Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded project on Tensions and Prospects for Sustainable Housing Growth and Co-investigator on another ESRC funded project on Living Multiculture.
Why cities matter, why their geographies matter;
Thinking about the urban: models and frameworks;
Cities in the world: world cities and ordinary cities;
The social worlds of the city;
Social order and the city;
The rise of the entrepreneurial city;
Politics and power: spaces of hope, spaces of despair;