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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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Studying Twenty-first Century Cities

Studying Twenty-first Century Cities

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The City, Revisited

Dick Simpson

Tom Kelly

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter argues that the discussions and empirical evidence presented in this book demonstrate that any adequate theory would account for the following characteristics: a metropolitan region in which the center still holds, multiculturalism, globalization, comparative research, multiple theoretical lenses, and politics and governmental institutions. Each of these categories is discussed in turn. These categories are helpful because they emphasize an inclusive approach. In the past, urban theory has often been hampered by the tendency to regard a single city or metropolitan form as the archetype for all other places, and by an exclusive focus on cities in the United States. Comparative studies that include cities in the United States and in other countries are certain to make urban theory more robust and complete.

Keywords:   urban theory, cities, urban studies, multiculturalism, globalization, comparative research, politics, governmental institutions

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