The texts of the book focus on the problems and challenges of urban change, especially in Europe, in the contemporary context of intense mobility. The main topics are mobility, urban social structure, migrations, urban inequalities, urban activism, community, neighbourhood life, uses of public spaces and methodological approaches to urban life such as ethnography.
Table of contents:
Moving Cities: Contested Views on Urban Life – Editors’ Introduction | Lígia Ferro, Marta Smagacz-Poziemska, M. Victoria Gómez, Sebastian Kurtenbach, Patrícia Pereira and Juan Jose Villalón
The Global City: Strategic Site, New Frontier | Saskia Sassen
On Roots and Routes. The Quest for Community in Times of Diversity and Inequality | Talja Blokland
Daily Mobility and Urban Sprawl. Mobile Ethnography in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona (MRB) | Joan J. Pujadas and Gaspar Maza
Empty Space: Historical Memory in the Contemporary City | Ray Hutchison
The 2014 World Cup on the Streets of Vila Madalena (São Paulo) | Heitor Frúgoli Jr.
Shops as the bricks and mortar of place identity. A comparison of shopping streets in Brussels, Paris and Geneva | Maxime Felder and Loïc Pignolo
Measuring Deprivation in the City of Barcelona. Incorporating Subjective and Objective Factors | Riccardo Valente
Analysing Pilsen Mexican Neighbourhood in Chicago through the lens of competitiveness and social cohesion | Nunzia Borrelli and Kathleen M. Adams
Perceived social disorder in post-WWII housing estates: recent evidence from Finland | Teemu Kemppainen
New Means of Behaviour and Space Appropriation in the Post-Privatisation Era. The Case of Starčevica, Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) | Sonja Lakić
Urban Gardening between Agency and Structure. The Potential for a New Form of Social Activism to Inspire Bottom-up Processes of City Making | Jennifer Morstein
The Pop Up City in a Time of Crisis. Experimental Strategies for Rebuilding Detroit | Eve Avdoulos