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The Constitution of the City

Economy, Society, and Urbanization in the Capitalist Era


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 1-9
  3. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 11-37
  4. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 83-104
  5. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 105-129
  6. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 131-154
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    Pages 155-186
  8. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 187-213
  9. Allen J. Scott
    Pages 215-235
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 237-251

About this book


This book presents an exploratory account of the origins and dynamics of cities. The author recounts how the essential foundations of the urbanization process reside in two interrelated forces. These are the tendency for many different kinds of human activity to gather together to form functional complexes on the landscape, and the multifaceted intra-urban space-sorting crosscurrents set in motion by this primary urge. From these basic points of departure, the city in all its fullness emerges as a reflexive moment in social and economic development. The argument of the book is pursued both in theoretical and in empirical terms, devoting attention to the changing character of urbanization in the capitalist era. A point of particular emphasis concerns the peculiar patterns of resurgent urbanization that are making their historical and geographical appearance in the currently emerging phase of cognitive-cultural capitalism and that are now rapidly diffusing across the globe. 



Urban Studies Urban Geography Cities Urban Polarization Knowledge Economy Industrialization Urbanization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Geography and Public PolicyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

About the authors

Allen J. Scott is Distinguished Research Professor of Geography and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.

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