Urban Geography: A Global Perspective

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Urban Geography is a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to the study of towns and cities. This book synthesises a wealth of material to provide a comprehensive introduction for students of urban geography, drawing on a rich blend of theoretical and empirical information, to advance their knowledge of the city. For the first time in the history of humankind, urban dwellers outnumber rural residents and this trend is destined to continue. Urban places, towns and cities are of fundamental importance: they affect the distribution of population within countries; in the organisation of economic production, distribution and exchange; in the structuring of social reproduction and cultural life; and in the allocation and excercise of power. Even those living beyond the administrative or functional boundaries of a town or city, will have their lifestyle influenced to some degree by a nearby or distant city. Urban Geography is divided into six main parts, which explain and discuss: * the field of urban geography and the importance of a global perspective * the historical growth of cities from the earliest times and the urban geography of the major world regions * the dynamics of urban structure and land use change in Western Cities * economy, society and politics in the Western city * the economic, social, political and environmental challenge faced by the Third World City * an overview on the future of cities and cities of the future. Specific features include the clearly structured and accessible text, superb illustrations which include a full colour plate section and over 150 informative diagrams, global case studies which are boxed throughout, a glossary of terms and key words which are highlighted throughout the text, chapter summaries and key points, and annotated further reading lists.

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"An impressive overview of the urban process, from the origins of cities to the problems of contemporary urban regions in the developed and developing worlds. - Professor L S Bourne, University of Toronto, Canada.""Urban Geography: A Global Perspective offers the most contemporary, comprehensive, and insightful presentation on urban geography, a compellingly readable, spectacularly exciting, and pleasingly sophisticated investigation of an extensive range of vital urban issues at the local and global scales. It is a must-read for any urban student and scholar the world over. - James O. Wheeler, The Merle Prunty, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Georgia.""Michael Pacione's Urban Geography: A Global Perspective provides a comprehensive global view of urban geography that is chock full of information and lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs and illustrations. At the same time it is theoretically smart, rich in historical detail, and questioning about urban futures in a global world. It is the ideal text for undergraduate courses in urban geography and urban studies. - Professor Neil Smith, City University of New York."

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Michael Pacione is Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of Strathclyde. He has held academic positions in Queens University Belfast, the University of Guelph, Ontario and the University of Vienna. Professor Pacione has published nineteen books, as well as numerous research papers in an international range of academic and professional journals. His most recent books include: Glasgow: The Socio-Spatial Development of the City (1995); Britain's Cities: Geographies of Division in Urban Britain (1997); and Applied Geography: Principles and Practice (1999).

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