The text argues that cities are open to many forms of order and disorder both from within the city and outside. They represent cities potentials as well as their problems. It challenges the assumption that cities are threatened by disorder from below and that they might be ruled by 'order' imposed from above.
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Steve Pile is Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. His publications include The Body and the City (1996) and Geographies of Resistance (1997), co-edited with Michael Keith) and Places through the Body (1998, co-edited with Heidi J. Nast). Chris Brook is Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. His recent books include A Global World? 91995, co-edited with James Anderson and Allan Cochrane) and Asia Pacific in the New World Order (1997, co-edited with Anthony McGrew).
Gerry Mooney is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Paisley. He has published widely on issues relating to developments in Social Policy and in the field of urban studies.
'A valuable addition to the series. Uses good examples and is clearly written. An ideal undergraduate text.' - Andrew Lovatt, Manchester Metropolitan University
An excellent insight into the city - economically, socially, politically and culturally. Essential undergraduate reading Heidi Grainger
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