Global Cities and Urban Theory provides an innovative set of approaches to understanding some of the world's major cities, working with concepts such as smart cities, volumetric urbanism, and critical accounting to illustrate the everyday agents and practices that place cities in the world.
Donald McNeill draws on detailed discussions of major cities such as London, San Francisco, Paris and Singapore to provide a deep understanding of how urban theory can be grounded in the cultural economies of urban development. The book:
- Reviews the insights of key thinkers such as Bruno Latour, Mike Davis, and Jane M. Jacobs in relation to specific cities.
- Highlights methodological and epistemological notes on each theme.
- Provides case studies of nine key global cities, examined in the context of specific material and spatial practices.
Essential reading for upper level students and researchers across urban studies, urban geography, urban sociology and urban policy.
SAGE Publications; December 2016
- ISBN: 9781473933453
- Edition: 1
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- Title: Global Cities and Urban Theory
- Author: Donald McNeill
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
In The Press
Donald McNeill’s book brings exceptional clarity to the core concerns of contemporary urban theory. Using a series of fascinating case studies and drawing extensively on politico-economic and actor network theories, the text demonstrates how cities are constitutive of, and constituted by, intersecting global process. In doing so, McNeill pushes forward the boundaries of critical urban studies by offering a systematic and crystal clear urban epistemology. With urban theory now at a turning point, this text should set the contours of debate as the emerging twenty-first century city is understood and theorized.