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Cities and Crisis

Cities and Crisis
New Critical Urban Theory

First Edition
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March 2014 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Recognizing the deep relations between politics, finance, cities and citizens, this book argues for a rejuvenated account of urban theory.

The book emphasises the need to understand the importance of the 2008 global financial crisis and how the crisis affects cities nested in a variety of political economies. Situating urban theory in the current economic climate, it powerfully illuminates the dynamic between history, theory, and practice. Stressing how catastrophic social and economic calamities under the crisis lead to reorganised city structures, city life and city policies and hence new urban experience, it calls for theoretical perspectives that can speak to these challenging changes.  

This groundbreaking title is a must for anyone interested in urban life and its rapid movements. It will be especially useful for students and researchers in urban sociology, planning, geography, urban and regional development and urban studies

Kuniko Fujita
Introduction: Cities and Crisis - Challenges for Urban Theory
Göran Therborn
Chapter 2: ‘Global Cities’, World Power, and the G20 Capital Cities
Chris Pickvance
Chapter 3: Was the US Subprime Crisis the Prime Mover? The Limits of the ‘Critical Urbanist’ Interpretation of the UK Financial Crisis
Michael Indergaard
Chapter 4: After Wall Street? New York's Green Economy Imaginaries
Stefan Gärtner
Chapter 5: World Capitals of Capital, Cities and Varieties of Finance Systems - Internationally versus Regionally Oriented Banking
Jerome Krase & Timothy Shortell
Chapter 6: Seeing New York City's Financial Crisis in the Vernacular Landscape
Alex Hicks & Ryan Hicks
Chapter 7: Ports in the Global Urban Hierarchy
Nicos Souliotis
Chapter 8: Athens and the Politics of the Sovereign Debt Crisis
Sophie Body-Gendrot
Chapter 9: Globalization and Urban Insecurity - Comparative Perspectives
Kuniko Fujita
Chapter 10: Financial Crises and Spatial Income Inequality - The Case of Tokyo

Opens up new trajectories for understanding and developing contemporary urban theory. The insights offered will be useful for students and researchers from diverse disciplines of urban studies, geography, urban planning and development, conflict studies and urban sociology.

Lakshmi Priya Rajendran, University of Sheffield
Urban Studies

A useful text to support undergraduate study.

Sasha Pleasance
Care & Learning Opportunities, South Devon College
May 14, 2015

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