2012 0-7734-2616-7 The urban environment encapsulates an infinite variety of activities which are constantly in the state of flux. The disciplines that inform the study of urbanism are diverse such as sociology, history, geography, political science, urban planning, international relations, environmental studies, and literary criticism. Each discipline approaches urbanism differently but not isolated from those that also study it. The scholarly literature in urbanism is one of the most interesting because of the multifaceted approaches and perspectives employed to examine urban areas, the dynamic nature of urban areas themselves, and the varied analyses of urban settings.
This book represents a “slice” of the variety that characterizes the urbanism literature. The multidisciplinary analyses and the dual focus on the developed and developing worlds provide, on one hand, an innovative view of the complexities of modern urban life around the world; on the other hand the chapters direct our attention to the challenges confronted by governments and societies to organize daily lives in an increasingly urbanized planet.
The perspectives on urban environments presented in this book are a refreshing vision of urbanism that will intrigue and enlighten its readers. They capture the complexity of urban centers as places of politics, production, conflict, social interactions and dislocations, innovation, and where the local meets the global.