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Researching the City

Researching the City

A Guide for Students

  • Author: Kevin Ward
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • ISBN: 1446296075
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 184
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‘Extends a warm welcome to students who have come face-to-face with the daunting task of producing a dissertation. Written in an accessible and engaging style, it deals with the nitty-gritty of researching the city... a must-have for the student!’ - Kim England, University of Washington ‘An invaluable guide to urban research design for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It provides the novice researcher with a wealth of practical advice on theory, methods, writing style, and everything else one needs to know to design and manage a successful urban research project. I wish this book had been available when I started my research career!' - Byron Miller, University of Calgary ‘Replete with tremendously useful advice and guidance for students of all social-science disciplines undertaking significant research projects on urban issues... students writing undergraduate and master’s theses, or even doctoral dissertations, are likely to find it tremendously useful as well.’ - David L. Imbroscio, University of Louisville This practical guide for students focuses on the city and on the different ways to research it. The authors explains how research is done, from the original idea to design and implementation, through to writing up and representation. Substantive chapters explain each method in detail, from using archival methods, interviews, ethnography, questionnaires, discourse analysis and diaries, to using GIS and visual methods. With real world examples throughout and guided further reading for each chapter, it is an inspiring guide for students carrying out their own research in urban geography, urban planning, urban studies and urban sociology courses.

Researching the Contemporary City.

Researching the Contemporary City.

Identity, environment and social inclusion in urban areas

  • Author: Peter Kellett,Jaime Hernández-García,Mona Abdelwahab,Tamer Abdelfattah Ahmed,Antika Sawadsri,Musyimi Mbathi,Rittirong Chutapruttikorn,Mauricio Hernández-Bonilla,Brenda Galván-López,Muhammad Faqih,Agam Marsoyo
  • Publisher: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
  • ISBN: 9587166345
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 253
  • View: 1917
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The city is perhaps the most complex of all human constructs. In the 21st century when cities are bigger than ever, and the majority of the world’s population now live in urban areas, the need for research into this complexity to address the large scale challenges of urban life has never been greater. This collection of research studies from different parts of the world, brings together case studies, underpinned by theory, to contribute to the urgent search to make our cities more just, more livable, more accessible, more participatory and more democratic: in short, more humane places to live and work. These cross-cutting themes of social inclusion, spatial integration and poverty alleviation are the ever present motifs and motivations throughout this volume. The eleven chapters are grouped into four interrelated sections: the creation and representation of the urban; the production and transformation of the informal; the construction and appropriation of public spaces; and finally, the transformation, use and meaning of home. Collectively the essays engage with the city at a range of scales, but underpinning all of them is a concern for the everyday realities of ordinary people’s lives. These detailed and fine-grain analyses of complex processes are a modest contribution towards the creation of cities which are not simply more economically viable and environmentally sustainable, but also embody the ideals of social justice.

The Electronic City

The Electronic City

  • Author: Ulrike Bucher,Maroš Finka
  • Publisher: BWV Verlag
  • ISBN: 3830526784
  • Category: City and town life
  • Page: 262
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The topic The Electronic City refers to the introduction and the consequences of the new information and communication technologies for urban life. In which way can E-Europe for all be realised? How can the digital divide be overcome? What are the consequences for the socially disfavoured groups and how can they participate in the E-City? Is human behaviour different in virtual space? These are the questions which are part of many discourses on this topic and which are addressed in this book.aReiheFuture Urban Research in Europe - Band 1"

Anthropology in the City

Anthropology in the City

Methodology and Theory

  • Author: Dr Giuliana B Prato,Dr Italo Pardo
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409461181
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 242
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With half of humanity already living in towns and cities and that proportion expected to increase in the coming decades, society - both Western and non-Western - is fast becoming urban and even mega-urban. As such, research in urban settings is evidently timely and of great importance. Anthropology in the City brings together a leading team of anthropologists to address the complex methodological and theoretical challenges posed by field-research in urban settings, clearly identifying the significance of the anthropological paradigm in urban research and its centrality both to mainstream academic debates and to society more broadly. With essays from experts on wide-ranging ethnographic research from fields as diverse as China, Europe, India, Latin and North America and South East Asia, this book demonstrates the contribution that empirically-based anthropological analysis can make to our understanding of our increasingly urban world.

Unsettling the City

Unsettling the City

Urban Land and the Politics of Property

  • Author: Nicholas Blomley
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135954194
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 256
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Short and accessible, this book interweaves a discussion of the geography of property in one global city, Vancouver, with a more general analysis of property, politics, and the city.

The Making of a Chinese City

The Making of a Chinese City

History and Historiography in Harbin

  • Author: Søren Clausen,Stig Thøgersen
  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
  • ISBN: 9781563244766
  • Category: History
  • Page: 236
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The history of Harbin, ruled by the Russians, by an international coalition of allied powers, by Chinese warlords, by the Soviet Union and finally by the Chinese Communists - all in the course of 100 years - is presented here as an example of Chinese local-history writing.

The Evolving Arab City

The Evolving Arab City

Tradition, Modernity and Urban Development

  • Author: Yasser Elsheshtawy
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134128207
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 328
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Today cities of the Arab world are subject to many of the same problems as other world cities, yet too often they are ignored in studies of urbanisation. This collection reveals the contrasts and similarities between older, traditional Arab cities and the newer oil-stimulated cities of the Gulf in their search for development and a place in the world order. The eight cities which form the core of the book – Rabat, Amman, Beirut, Kuwait, Manama, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh – provide a unique insight into today’s Middle Eastern city. Winner of The International Planning History Society (IPHS) Book Prize.

Reaching Beyond the Gold

Reaching Beyond the Gold

The Impact of Global Events on Urban Development

  • Author: Tim van Vrijaldenhoven
  • Publisher: 010 Publishers
  • ISBN: 9064506140
  • Category: Architecture and globalization
  • Page: 222
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Reaching Beyond the Gold assesses the influence of global events on urban developments. Six cities - Genoa, Barcelona, Athens, Bilbao, Shanghai and London - have been chosen as case studies. These have all recently hosted a global event or will do so in the near future. After an introduction of the characteristics and impact of global events in general the history of each city is sketched and the political and urban implications of the events are examined. Three key aspects - organisation, management and city marketing - are dwelt on at length. Over forty facets including site size, visitor attendance figures, investments, populations, stakeholders, aims and methods, are then compared. A timeline, pictograms and drawings together with clear definitions of the different categories of events are used to give the best possible conditions in which to compare and analyse the events in question. Reaching Beyond the Gold analyses the successes and the failures of host cities in the past. The conclusions it draws can put an end to the structural errors still being made when organizing large-scale events.

Understanding Urban Tourism

Understanding Urban Tourism

Image, Culture and Experience

  • Author: Martin Selby
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 9781860648014
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 228
  • View: 477
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This is the first book to take the major debates and ideas current in the social sciences and apply them to urban tourism.

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

  • Author: Elisabete A. Silva,Patsy Healey,Neil Harris,Pieter Van den Broeck
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317917030
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 530
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The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods is an expansive look at the traditions, methods, and challenges of research design and research projects in contemporary urban planning. Through case studies, an international group of researchers, planning practitioners, and planning academics and educators, all recognized authorities in the field, provide accounts of designing and implementing research projects from different approaches and venues. This book shows how to apply quantitative and qualitative methods to projects, and how to take your research from the classroom to the real world. The book is structured into sections focusing on Beginning planning research Research design and development Rediscovering qualitative methods New advances in quantitative methods Turning research into action With chapters written by leading scholars in spatial planning, The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods is the most authoritative and comprehensive handbook on the topic, providing both established and ground breaking coverage of spatial planning research methods. The book is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and graduate level students, young professionals and practitioners in urban, regional, and spatial planning.

Brand-Driven City Building and the Virtualizing of Space

Brand-Driven City Building and the Virtualizing of Space

  • Author: Alexander Gutzmer
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135072574
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 174
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This book is an investigation of the cultural phenomenon of branding and its transformational effects on the contemporary spatial – and urban – reality. It develops a novel understanding of the rationale behind the construction of large-scale architectural complexes that relate to corporate brands, and of its tremendous cultural effects. The author suggests that what we see today is the creation of "global mass ornaments", of a thorough ornamentalization of the entire globe. The origins of this are discussed with regard to examples of corporate brand-building from Europe and China (Autostadt Wolfsburg, BMW Welt Munich and Anting New Town). Additional cases are several simulated spaces in Berlin and the space-branding activities of companies like Apple or Prada. Theoretically, the author develops an innovative poststructuralist framework, combining ideas from Gilles Deleuze with the space philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk. He analyzes how the corporate redefinition of space makes the city enter into a mode of virtual urbanity. This idea leads to a notion of a "global urban" and, ultimately, the "global mass ornament". This concept of a global mass ornament is developed here with reference to Sloterdijk’s concept of a world of "spheres". The latter is used to understand the new mode of spatiality of mediatized spaces. The book makes the point that our world is involved in a process of mass ornamentalization that has only just begun. The concept of the global mass ornament is the first to come to grips with a culture in which branding is effectively changing the physiognomy of the earth. The global mass ornament is a banner for a cultural transformation that employs architecture, sign theory and mechanisms borrowed from traditional advertising and from social media, as well as social processes – and that we have yet to properly understand. This book is a significant step forward in this respect.

Cartographies of Place

Cartographies of Place

Navigating the Urban

  • Author: Michael Darroch,Janine Marchessault
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • ISBN: 0773590390
  • Category: Architecture
  • Page: 320
  • View: 8317
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Media are incorporated into our physical environments more dramatically than ever before - literally opening up new spaces of interactivity and connection that transform the experience of being in the city. Public gatherings and movement, even the capabilities of democratic ideology, have been redefined. Urban Screens, mobile media, new digital mappings, and ambient and pervasive media have all created new ecologies in cities. How do we analyze these new spaces? Recognition of the mutual histories and research programs of urban and media studies is only the beginning. Cartographies of Place develops new vocabularies and methodologies for engaging with the distinctive situations and experiences created by media technologies which are reshaping, augmenting, and expanding urban spaces. The book builds upon the rich traditions and insights of a post-war generation of humanist scholars, media theorists, and urban planners. Authors engage with different historical and contemporary currents in urban studies which share a common concern for media forms, either as research tools or as the means for discerning the expressive nature of city spaces around the world. All of the media considered here are not simply "free floating," but are deeply embedded in the geopolitical, economic, and material contexts in which they are used. Cartographies of Place is exemplary of a new direction in interdisciplinary media scholarship, opening up new ways of studying the complexities of cities and urban media in a global context.

Whose House We Are

Whose House We Are

  • Author: Melanie Klink Wayne
  • Publisher: WestBow Press
  • ISBN: 149085603X
  • Category: History
  • Page: 512
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The history of St. Clement’s Church in El Paso, Texas, chronicles the sacred movement of God through generations of people who have powerfully experienced His presence. Follow this church’s story from humble beginnings in a dusty western outpost over a century ago, through decades of extraordinary growth and great social upheaval, to the renewal of the 1970s and the groundbreaking separation of the Episcopal and Anglican churches in North America. The Lord faithfully led this once small, insignificant group of believers to become one of the most dynamic Anglican churches in the country today, with broad missionary outreach and inner-city neighborhood ministries. The story of St. Clement’s is told through historical records and the testimonies of men and women, ministers and lay people, civic leaders and humble workers, and writers and musicians who served through many decades, all empowered by God’s Holy Spirit.

The City of Women

The City of Women

  • Author: Ruth Landes
  • Publisher: UNM Press
  • ISBN: 9780826315564
  • Category: History
  • Page: 251
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The City of Women, first published in 1947, is anthropologist Ruth Landes's study of candomble religious society in Brazil just before World War II. Afro-Brazilian candomble is a woman-centered, spirit possession religion developed by West African slaves in colonial plantation societies. Abandoning the scientific concept of culture that dominated anthropology in her time, Landes lets Brazil speak to her on its own terms. In The City of Women, she draws portraits of the priestesses and other women she visited in private homes and observed in candomble temples, all nuanced by her awareness of gender, race, and sexuality. Marketed as an exotic travelogue and dismissed by anthropologists when it appeared in 1947, The City of Women is now considered a classic of postmodern anthropology and a basic primary source for candomble studies.

History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages

History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages

  • Author: Ferdinand Gregorovius,Annie Hamilton
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1108015034
  • Category: History
  • Page: 336
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The first modern study of the history of medieval Rome, translated between 1894 and 1902 from the fourth German edition.

Imagining the City

Imagining the City

  • Author: Christian Emden,Catherine Keen,David R. Midgley
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9783039105328
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 344
  • View: 5991
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This volume is based on papers given at the conference 'Imagining the City' held in Cambridge in 2004. Together they examine the city as imagined space and as a matrix for imagined worlds, using French, German, English, Italian, Russian and North American examples.

The Wireless Spectrum

The Wireless Spectrum

The Politics, Practices, and Poetics of Mobile Media

  • Author: Barbara Crow,Michael Longford,Kim Sawchuk
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 1442698640
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
  • View: 2022
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As evidenced by the clientele in any urban coffee shop, devices such as cell phones, BlackBerries, and Wi-Fi-enabled laptops have proliferated, particularly during the past ten years. The Wireless Spectrum explores how wireless technologies have modified both individual and public life, transforming our experiences of space, time, and place, while reshaping our day-to-day interactions. Bringing together visual artists, designers, activists, and communication and humanities scholars to reflect on mobile media, this collection engages a new terrain of interdisciplinary research. Interrogating these new forms of community and communication practices as they are emerging in Canada and around the world, the essays in The Wireless Spectrum ask how these new technologies transfigure subjectivities, creating new forms of social behaviour and provocative aesthetic practices.

Researching the Arts Therapies

Researching the Arts Therapies

A Dramatherapist's Perspective

  • Author: Roger Grainger
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781853026546
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 158
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Writing from a dramatherapist's perspective, Roger Grainger looks at methods of researching the arts therapies, and how particular definitions of research affect our understanding and practising of arts therapies. He places approaches to research in four categories: quantitative research (which seeks to demonstrate), qualitative research (which explains by describing), action research (which explains by experiencing) and art-based research (which aims to document in an appropriate language, in this case art). Grainger evaluates all of these approaches, arguing that our theoretical or philosophical understanding of what research actually is has an effect on what we think research can be used for. Grainger argues that research always involves a trade-off between two kinds of inaccuracy, numerical and experiential, which correspond to the imprecise fit of the way we think about life and life itself. A range of research paradigms is useful because each regards the world in a different way. Taken together they provide a range of ways of increasing our understanding.

Little Demon in the City of Light

Little Demon in the City of Light

A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris

  • Author: Steven Levingston
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0385536046
  • Category: True Crime
  • Page: 352
  • View: 931
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A delicious true crime account of a murder most gallic—think CSI Paris meets Georges Simenon—whose lurid combination of sex, brutality, forensics, and hypnotism riveted first a nation and then the world. In 1889, the gruesome murder of a lascivious court official at the hands of a ruthless con man and his pliant mistress launched the trial of the century. When Toussaint-Augustin Gouffé entered 3, rue Tronson du Coudray, expecting a delightful assignation with the comely Gabrielle Bompard, he was instead murdered by Gabrielle and her lover, Michel Eyraud. An international manhunt chased the infamous couple from Paris to America’s West Coast, culminating in a sensational trial that investigated the power of hypnosis to possess, control, and even kill. As the inquiry into the guilt or innocence of the woman the French tabloids dubbed the “Little Demon” intensified, the most respected minds in France vehemently debated: Was Gabrielle Bompard the pawn of her mesmerizing lover or simply a coldly calculating murderess capable of killing a man in cold blood?

Brunswick: The City by the Sea

Brunswick: The City by the Sea

  • Author: Patricia Barefoot
  • Publisher: Arcadia Pub
  • ISBN: 9780738506425
  • Category: History
  • Page: 128
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Located on the coast of southeast Georgia and the sinuous sweep of poet Sidney Lanier's famed “Marshes of Glynn,” Brunswick, Georgia boasts a history rich beyond measure. Dating from its layout in 1771 on the “Oglethorpe Plan” by surveyor George McIntosh, the new town emphasized an Anglo-Germanic heritage, and featured a grid repeat pattern of regularly spaced squares and town lots. In the 1830s, a flurry of entrepreneurial activity included the plan of “New Town,” which extended from the boundaries of Old Town. A few of Brunswick's most spectacular architectural treasures stand today within the boundaries of New Town near the Courthouse Mall. Built upon a peninsula, the seaside setting and Georgia's abundant natural resources have proven inspiring and lucrative assets for the port city and its people. Although buffeted by wars and epidemics, panics and depressions, a diverse population has endured and demonstrated extraordinary resilience. While in 1902 Brunswick stood first in lumber and second in naval stores production compared with other south Atlantic ports, today auto import and export, agri-commodities, and forest products provide focus for port activity. Soon the citizens of Brunswick-Glynn County will welcome a 185-foot vertical clearance, cable-stayed golden “bridge to the future.” At the millennium's dawn, a renewed emphasis on restoring old buildings and homes, economic vitality, an award-winning Main Street program, and revitalization downtown promise a bright future.< Located on the coast of southeast Georgia and the sinuous sweep of poet Sidney Lanier's famed “Marshes of Glynn,” Brunswick, Georgia boasts a history rich beyond measure. Dating from its layout in 1771 on the “Oglethorpe Plan” by surveyor George McIntosh, the new town emphasized an Anglo-Germanic heritage, and featured a grid repeat pattern of regularly spaced squares and town lots. In the 1830s, a flurry of entrepreneurial activity included the plan of “New Town,” which extended from the boundaries of Old Town. A few of Brunswick's most spectacular architectural treasures stand today within the boundaries of New Town near the Courthouse Mall. Built upon a peninsula, the seaside setting and Georgia's abundant natural resources have proven inspiring and lucrative assets for the port city and its people. Although buffeted by wars and epidemics, panics and depressions, a diverse population has endured and demonstrated extraordinary resilience. While in 1902 Brunswick stood first in lumber and second in naval stores production compared with other south Atlantic ports, today auto import and export, agri-commodities, and forest products provide focus for port activity. Soon the citizens of Brunswick-Glynn County will welcome a 185-foot vertical clearance, cable-stayed golden “bridge to the future.” At the millennium's dawn, a renewed emphasis on restoring old buildings and homes, economic vitality, an award-winning Main Street program, and revitalization downtown promise a bright future.<