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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 4 edition (6 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582381193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582381193
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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". . .firmly established within the undergraduate market . . . among the better of its genre"
(Urban Studies) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A fully updated new edition of Urban Social Geography that takes account of recent developments in the field, but retains those elements of the book that serve as the basic elements of undergraduate courses. Additional chapters on gender, sexuality and disability enhance the appeal of the book, whilst the existing chapters are all revised to take account of new work on issues such as identity, consumption and social polarization.
In recent years traditional spatial mapping approaches in geography have been subject to extensive critique. It has been argued that they perpetuate the idea of an objective neutral gaze upon cities which conceals a wide range of assumptions about urban life. This new edition will take account of this recent critical work whilst at the same time presenting some of the well-established approaches, so that the student can be well-informed about all the issues.
The result is a topical book that is clear and accessible for students. It has an open, questioning, non-dogmatic approach that attempts to engage students of all political persuasions.
Paul Knox is Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech; Steven Pinch is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Southampton.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotta Colliander on 17 Nov. 2003
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How I wish I had read this book when I started my geography studies and not halfway through my BA when it was on my reading list for urban issues! This book deals only with Western cities but that it does well. In an easy to read, yet definately scientific manner, we are taken through all aspects of urban issues and made to reflect on why cities look the way they do and how they might look in future. Many books on this level and on urban geography are very dry and only show graphs of shopping malls etc. but this one, whilst showing a few of those, is more human and deals with the philisophy of cities. I never thought postmodernism could be so easy to understand and primarily; so easy to explain yourself. I feel that this book gave me the easy language I needed to actually be able to concentrate on the content. Wonderful for the study morale!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crocus on 6 Oct. 2010
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I read the second edition of this book many years ago when a university geography undergraduate. Its engaging style, wonderfully clear diagrams and interesting case studies made a real impression at the time so I'm naturally delighted to see that (gulp) almost a quarter of a century on it is not only still in print but equally highly regarded now as it was then. Suitable also for more ambitious and intellectually astute A level students. Highly recommended.
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By iammeg on 10 April 2013
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This book is very useful for university students studying geography. It aided more than one of my modules and was very helpful.
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