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Seeing Like a City ASH AMIN AND NIGEL THRIFT University of Cambridge; former ViceChancellor of the University of Warwick ‘Amin and Thrift are a magnificent duet, conjuring for the reader a sensorium of the intersecting forces affecting and shaped by the sociotechnical systems making up the urban. Here, cities are the locus through which to rethink the very composition of our world and how we might remake, with reinvestment in the provisioning of public goods, a more judicious, viable place within it.’ AbdouMaliq Simone, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Goldsmiths, University of London ‘This is a book that needed to be written. It takes us beyond the common notion of cities as settings, and pulls us into layer after layer of what constitutes the urban. Written in a highly conceptualized way, it gives us the full experience of theoria in its original meaning: seeing.’ Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Expulsions Seeing like a city means recognizing that cities are living things made up of a tangle of networks, built up from the agency of countless actors. Cities must not be considered as expressions of larger paradigms or sites of human effort and organization alone. Within their density, size and sprawl can be found a world of symbols, bodies, buildings, technologies and infrastructures. It is the machine-like combination, interaction and confrontation of these different elements that make a city. Such a view locates urban outcomes and influences in the character of these networks, which together power urban life, allocating resources, shaping social opportunities, maintaining order and simply enabling life. More than the silent stage on which other powers perform, such networks represent the essence of the city. They also form an important political project, a politics of small interventions with large effects. The increasing evidence for an Anthropocene bears out the way in which humanity has stamped its footprint on the planet by constructing urban forms that act as systems for directing life in ways that create both immense power and immense constraint. 216 x 138mm / 224 pages / 2016 HB / 978-0-7456-6425-5 / £50.00 / $64.95 / €67.90 PB / 978-0-7456-6426-2 / £15.99 / $22.95 / €21.90 ebook available

New Urban Worlds Inhabiting Dissonant Times ABDOUMALIQ SIMONE AND EDGAR PIETERSE Goldsmiths, University of London; the University of Cape Town ‘Ceaselessly inventive and frequently provocative, New Urban Worlds anticipates new models, methods, and modes of urbanism. Paying attention to the details, AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse recount a multiplicity of urban stories from Asia and Africa— stories of political possibility and experimental potential—with a keen-eyed and always-creative purpose.’ Jamie Peck, University of British Columbia It is well known that the world is transitioning to an irrevocable urban future whose epicentre has moved into the cities of Asia and Africa. What is less clear is how this will be managed and deployed as a multi-polar world system is being born. The full implications of this challenge cry out to be understood because city building (and retrofitting) cannot but be an undertaking entangled in profound societal and cultural shifts. In this highly original account, renowned urban sociologists AbdouMaliq Simone and Edgar Pieterse offer a call for action based fundamentally on the detail of people’s lives. Urban regions are replete with residents who are compelled to come up with innovative ways to maintain or extend livelihoods, whose makeshift character is rarely institutionalized into a fixed set of practices, locales or organizational forms. This novel analytical approach reveals a more complex relationship between people, the state and other agents than has previously been understood. As the authors argue, we need adequate concepts and practices to grasp the composition and intricacy of these shifting efforts to make visible new political possibilities for action and social justice in cities across Asia and Africa. 216 x 138mm / 264 pages / June 2017 UK, August 2017 US HB / 978-0-7456-9155-8 / £55.00 / $69.95 / €73.90 PB / 978-0-7456-9156-5 / £16.99 / $24.95 / €22.90 ebook available


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