Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity And Development by Jennifer RobinsonOrdinary Cities: Between Modernity And Development by Jennifer Robinson

Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity And Development

byJennifer RobinsonEditorJennifer Robinson

Paperback | January 13, 2006

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With the urbanization of the world's population proceeding apace and the equally rapid urbanization of poverty, urban theory has an urgent challenge to meet if it is to remain relevant to the majority of cities and their populations, many of which are outside the West.

This groundbreaking book establishes a new framework for urban development. It makes the argument that all cities are best understood as 'ordinary', and crosses the longstanding divide in urban scholarship and urban policy between Western and other cities (especially those labelled 'Third World'). It considers the two framing axes of urban modernity and development, and argues that if cities are to be imagined in equitable and creative ways, urban theory must overcome these axes with their Western bias and that resources must become at least as cosmopolitan as cities themselves.

Tracking paths across previously separate literatures and debates, this innovative book - a postcolonial critique of urban studies - traces the outlines of a cosmopolitan approach to cities, drawing on evidence from Rio, Johannesburg, Lusaka and Kuala Lumpur. Key urban scholars and debates, from Simmel, Benjamin and the Chicago School to Global and World Cities theories are explored, together with anthropological and developmentalist accounts of poorer cities. Offering an alternative approach,Ordinary Citiesskilfully brings together theories of urban development for students and researchers of urban studies, geography and development.

Title:Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity And DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.5 inPublished:January 13, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415304881

ISBN - 13:9780415304887


Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Dislocating Modernity: Primitivism in Urban Theory  2. On (Not) Being Blas'In the Tracks of Comparative Urbanism  3. Ways of Being Modern: Towards a Cosmopolitan Urban Studies  4. Re-Inscribing Hierarchies: Global and World Cities  5. Developing Ordinary Cities: Bringing the City Back in  6. Mobilising Diverse Economies.  Conclusion