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By Phil Hubbard

City offers an available but severe advent to 1 of the major strategies in human geography. continually on the middle of discussions in social idea, the definition and specification of ‘the city’ still continues to be illusive. during this quantity, Phil Hubbard locates the idea that of ‘the city’ inside of present traditions of social notion, offering a foundation for figuring out its various usages and meanings via a severe dialogue of the contribution of key authors and thinkers.

Written in a full of life and obtainable variety, the person chapters of City supply a thematic evaluation of 4 dominant methods of drawing close towns:
* as lived-in places
* as imagined spaces
* as networks of association
* as applied sciences of flow.

Drawing on a various diversity of literatures and case stories, the e-book spells out the significance of a geographical standpoint at the urban, suggesting that it's only through bringing those alternative ways of mapping the town jointly that we will be able to start to make feel of towns.

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One important side-effect is that social relationships between people are reconstituted as relationships between things, with people obliged to become consumers and purchase products they and others have made in the workplace. Given that exchange values have supplanted ‘use’ values over time, he argued it would be inevitable that workers become alienated or estranged from the products of their labour, with spatial and social division between production and consumption resulting. In Marx’s account, the capitalist mode of production is capable of tremendous growth because the bourgeoisie can reinvest profits in new technologies and produce new commodities.

This etiquette maintains civil order (if you stare, this constitutes uncivil attention) and helps the citizen cope with the sheer number of strangers that are routinely encountered on the city’s streets. In contrast, in less densely occupied villages, the fewer number of encounters means that the villager can expend more time and energy ascertaining the identity of a stranger to their village. 17 18 urban theory, modern and postmodern Of course, by the same token that glancing at others enables us to efficiently read their character and intention, we too are under surveillance.

This focus on the role of managers in influencing the distribution of urban resources was to prove pivotal in the emergence of a ‘new urban sociology’. , Pahl (1970) concluded a truly urban sociology should be concerned with the social and spatial constraints on access to scarce urban resources and facilities as dependent variables and managers or controllers of the urban system, which I take as the independent variable. (Pahl 1970: 221) The new urban sociology was thus concerned with questions of conflict and injustice, poverty and racism, issues that appeared to have been neglected in previous studies.

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