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Urban Theory and the Scale Questionav Neil Brenner409
In New Urban Spaces, Neil Brenner proposes a radical reconceptualization of inherited approaches to urbanization. Rather than focusing on cities as bounded units, urbanization is conceived here as multiscalar. Drawing on the methods of critical geopolitical economy, especially the writings of Henri Lefebvre, Brenner systematically elaborates this multiscalar conceptualization of the capitalist urban fabric in order to investigate emergent patterns and
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Julian B. Hartman, School of Geography, Development, and Environment, University of Arizona, The AAG Review of Books (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group) Brenner's work will undoubtedly inspire future theorists of alter-urbanizations...
Jean-Paul D. Addie, Georgia State University, Regional Studies New Urban Spaces is a landmark contribution to urban and regional studies. Through a rich, dense and provocative argument, Neil Brenner synthesizes over a decade-and-a-half's work on state rescaling, globalization and urban governance into a comprehensive and radical retheorization of urbanization
David Leupold, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, Eurasian Geography and Economics Brenner's new book New Urban Spaces - Urban Theory and the Scale Question reads as a poignant and well-articulated (self-)critique of what the author sees as a dominant tendency in urban theory to envisage the urban and the rural in opposition to each other... [New Urban Spaces] offers a skillfully-wrought exploration by a leading scholar of urban theory into the multi-scalar realm of urbanity and its highly complex interpenetrations with state
Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Brenner is among the most widely cited contemporary urban theorists. Previous books include New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood; Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (editor); and Critique of Urbanization. Brenner has made influential contributions to scholarly debates on critical urban theory, the critique of capitalist urbanization, urban restructuring, state space, the political economy of rescaling, variegated neoliberalization and planetary urbanization.
1 Openings: The Urban Question as a Scale Question? 2 Between Fixity and Motion: Scaling the Urban Fabric 3 Restructuring, Rescaling and the Urban Question 4 Global city formation and the rescaling of urbanization 5 Cities and the Political Geographies of the 'New' Economy 6 Competitive City-Regionalism and the Politics of Scale 7 Urban Growth Machines-But at What Scale? 8 A Thousand Layers: Geographies of Uneven Development 9 Planetary Urbanization: Mutations of the Urban Question 10 Afterword: New Spaces of Urbanization Bibliography Acknowledgements and sources Index