SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

6 November 2017

The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City, edited by Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett of LSE Cities is a provocative, interdisciplinary handbook for academics and researchers interested in contemporary urban studies. The collection focuses on the dynamics and disruptions of the contemporary city in relation to capricious processes of global urbanisation, mutation and resistance. Scholars, including Ananya Roy, Neil Brenner, AbdouMaliq Simone, Edgar Pieterse, Eyal Weizman, Keller Easterling, Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett, engage with emerging urban conditions and inequalities in experimental ways, speaking to new ideas of what constitutes the urban and expanding on contributions to policy and design. The handbook is organised around nine key themes, through which familiar analytic categories of race, gender and class, as well as binaries such as the urban/rural, are readdressed. These thematic sections together capture the volatile processes and intricacies of urbanisation, revealing the turbulent nature of our early twenty-first century. Diane E. Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard Graduate School of Design, endorsed the book as “a superb collection that contains a remarkable set of essays from the world’s leading urbanists whose combined wisdom is essential to anyone seeking to understand the 21st century city.”