Key concepts in urban geography by Alan Latham

By Alan Latham

Key options in city Geography is a brand new form of textbook that varieties a part of an leading edge set of better half texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. geared up round 20 brief essays, Key innovations in city Geography offers a leading edge creation to the relevant ideas that outline modern learn in city geography.

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Have transport geographers lost touch with the core principles of their discipline in order to make their research more relevant to others? Are they stuck in the narrow confines of network structures and flows, unable to explicate the multiple ways that transportation shapes human activity across the globe? Of course, it should be stressed that within the remit of transport geography the ways quantitative accounts flatten the experience of movement is not necessarily a problem. ) of this system might be improved, then focusing on the instrumental dimensions of transport is more than adequate.

The return to the centre: revalorising the ‘zone-in-transition’ As described in the entry on global cities, major CBD office districts have become paramount in servicing the global economy. For Saskia Sassen: At the global level, a key dynamic explaining the place of major cities in the world economy is that they concentrate the infrastructure and the ser vicing that produced a capability for global control. The latter is essential if geographic dispersal of economic activity whether factories, offices, or financial markets is to take place under continued concentration of own ership and profit appropriation.

But, if our aim is to account for the buzz of movement mentioned in the introduction then there is a need to go beyond the boundaries of transport geography and the tools of quantitative analysis. This is what the mobility research paradigm (Sheller and Urry, 2006) that has emerged in the past decade out of the work of a diverse range of social scientists interested in mobility and movement of all kinds 29 1 Location and Movement seeks to do. Recognising – as transport geography did, as too in their limited way the Chicago School did – the centrality of mobility to the construction of contemporary industrial and post-industrial societies, a diverse collective of human geographers, sociologists and other social scientists have been attempting to undertake a thorough redefinition of what social science research should involve and what it should focus on.

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