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Key Concepts in Urban Geography

Key Concepts in Urban Geography

January 2009 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This book embraces the complexities of city form in a wide-ranging, readable, well-informed, and highly interdisciplinary analysis of key topics in urban studies. With its fresh approach, this book provides an accessible entry point for the newcomer to urban geography, yet also delivers creative insights for those with greater familiarity." 
—Steven K. Herbert, University of Washington

"This extraordinary collage of sophisticated essays on key terms in urban geography both provides a conventional basis to and recasts innovatively a burgeoning field in the discipline."
—Roger Keil, co-Editor, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Key Concepts in Urban Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, Key Concepts in Urban Geography provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in urban geography.

Key Features

  • Offers an introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field
  • Provides over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions, and evolutions of the subject
  • Presents extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including a glossary, figures, diagrams, and further reading

Key Concepts in Urban Geography is an ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in urban geography and covers the expected staples of the sub-discipline from global cities and urban nature to transnational urbanism and virtuality. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, Key Concepts in Urban Geography is an essential addition to any geography student's library.

I Location and movement
1.1 Centrality
1.2 Mobility
1.3 Global Cities
1.4 Transnational urbanism
II Constructions
2.1 Nature
2.2 Materiality
2.3 Infrastructure
2.4 Architecture
III Envisioning and experience
3.1 Diagram
3.2 Photography
3.3 Body
3.4 Virtuality
3.5 Surveillance
IV Social and Political Spaces
4.1 Segregation
4.2 Urban politics
4.3 Community
V Sites and practices
5.1 Consumption
5.2 Media
5.3 Public space
5.4 Commemoration

This book provides an immense collation of key issues in Urban Geography. I bet it will give an interesting perspective to urban geography students and at the same time convince them on the interdisciplinary inclination of human geography.

Dr Olabisi Michael Olapoju
Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University
January 3, 2019

great all-rounder, provides undergraduates with a structured overview of key geographic concepts and theories

Dr Jan Semmelroggen
School of Animal, Rural & Environment, Nottingham Trent University
May 1, 2014

Good resource for studnets at all levels. It offers a quick definiton and itroduction of key concpets in urban geography. It does what it says on the tin

Dr Andrzej Zieleniec
Sociology , Keele University
June 27, 2013

Great Book!!

Dr Muhammad Rahman
City and Regional Planning, King Fahd Univ of Petroleum & Minerals
June 11, 2012

This book offers concise and useful summaries of key concepts and ideas, and I will list it as a background text for students who need to brush up on concepts or gain familiarity with concepts/ideas referred to in other key texts for my MSc urban theory course. The text does not go into sufficient depth for MSc students, and the concepts covered do not relate to political economy enough for my undergraduate course, although I might recommend the section on 'global cities' for my students there. Chapter 2, especially the sections on nature, materiality and infrastructure, will be listed as recommended reading for my MSc course.

Dr Asher Ghertner
Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science
August 22, 2011

only of supplementary value

Dr Alastair Bonnett
Department of Geography, Newcastle University
April 13, 2011

I like the short sections and summaries, the writing is accessible for students despite dealing with difficult concepts.

Dr Ruth Craggs
Geography , St Marys University College
February 9, 2010

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Chapter One PDF

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