Unruly Cities?: Order/disorder

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Steve Pile, Gerry Mooney, Chris Brook
Routledge, 1999 - Social Science - 387 pages
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Cities are places of mixing and meeting - places where different worlds encounter one another on the streets. Yet cities are all too often seen as unruly places in need of government and control. This work asks questions about the ways in which cities mix different worlds. Taking a fresh approach to issues of order and disorder and extending spatial understanding of cities, the book develops insights into city life, using a variety of examples drawn from around the world. It challenges the common-place assumption that cities are threatened by disorder from below and that they might be ruled by an order imposed from above. In fact, as this book shows, cities are open to many forms of order and disorder, from both within and beyond the city. Here are to be found cities' problems - and their potentials.

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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.

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