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    Description"Space, the City and Social Theory" offers a clear and critical account of key approaches to cities and urban space within social theory and analysis. It explores the relation of the social and the spatial in the context of critical urban themes: community and anonymity; social difference and spatial divisions; politics and public space; gentrification and urban renewal; gender and sexuality; subjectivity and space; and experience and everyday practice in the city. The text adopts an international and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of debates on cities and urban life. It brings together classic perspectives in urban sociology and social theory with the analysis of contemporary urban problems and issues. Rather than viewing the urban simply as a backdrop for more general social processes, the discussion looks at how social and spatial relations shape different versions of the city: as a place of social interaction and of solitude; as a site of difference and segregation; as a space of politics and power; as a landscape of economic and cultural distinction; and as a realm of everyday experience and freedom. Similarly, it examines how core social categories - such as class, culture, gender, sexuality and community - are shaped and reproduced in urban contexts. Linking debates in urban studies to wider concerns within social theory and analysis, this accessible text will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students in urban sociology, social and cultural geography, urban and cultural studies.


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    Title
    Space, the City and Social Theory
    Subtitle
    Social Relations and Urban Forms
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fran Tonkiss
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 262 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745628264
    ISBN 10: 0745628265
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BISAC V2.8: SCI026000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC023000, SOC006000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI003000, SOC026030
    DC22: 307.76
    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HT110 .T66 2005
    Thema V1.0: JBSD
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    13 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Fran Tonkiss is a Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
    Review quote
    "A wonderfully eclectic but focused book about social relations and spatial process in the US city." British Journal of Sociology "Fran Tonkiss has written an important book. She shows the ways in which classic social theory continues to haunt the understanding of modern urban life. In clear, direct prose she shows also the ways cities are changing, and so require new thinking. The urbanite as well as the urbanist will be provoked." Richard Sennett, London School of Economics "This is an exceptionally useful and inspiring book that will be used to instruct many of the urbanists of the future." Nigel Thrift, University of Oxford
    Back cover copy
    "Space, the City and Social Theory "offers a clear and critical account of key approaches to cities and urban space within social theory and analysis. It explores the relation of the social and the spatial in the context of critical urban themes: community and anonymity; social difference and spatial divisions; politics and public space; gentrification and urban renewal; gender and sexuality; subjectivity and space; experience and everyday practice in the city. The text adopts an international and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on a range of debates on cities and urban life. It brings together classic perspectives in urban sociology and social theory with the analysis of contemporary urban problems and issues. Rather than viewing the urban simply as a backdrop for more general social processes, the discussion looks at how social and spatial relations shape different versions of the city: as a place of social interaction and of solitude; as a site of difference and segregation; as a space of politics and power; as a landscape of economic and cultural distinction; as a realm of everyday experience and freedom. Similarly, it examines how core social categories - such as class, culture, gender, sexuality and community - are shaped and reproduced in urban contexts. Linking debates in urban studies to wider concerns within social theory and analysis, this accessible text will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students in urban sociology, social and cultural geography, urban and cultural studies.
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Community and Solitude: Social Relations in the City. 2. Spaces of Difference and Division. 3. The Politics of Space: Social Movements and Public Space. 4. Capital and Culture: Gentrifying the City. 5. Embodied Spaces: Gender, Sexuality and the City. 6. Spatial Stories: Subjectivity in the City. 7. Making Space: Urban Cultures, Spatial Tactics. Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.