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Welcome to the Urban Revolution How Cities Are Changing the World (Paperback)

Author:  Jeb Brugmann
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1608190927
ISBN-13: 9781608190928
Sku: 212819514
Publish Date: 4/27/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1T
Pages:  342
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As of this decade, more than half the earth’s population lives in cities; our world is not just globalized, but urbanized. This powerful reappraisal draws on two decades of fieldwork and research to show how the metropolis has become a medium for revolutionary social change. Not just political upheaval but technological, economic, and cultural innovations are forged in our urban centers. From Chicago to Mumbai, in every corner of the world, the city is now a laboratory for revolution, brewing potential solutions to poverty, inequality, and sustainability. Bridging urban studies, economics, and sociology, Jeb Brugmann’s Welcome to the Urban Revolution turns traditional urbanism on its head, and offers an inspiring new way of understanding our cities.
Cities are often seen as cesspools of dysfunction and squalor--the source of problems, not solutions--but Jeb Brugmann disputes this in his book WELCOME TO THE URBAN REVOLUTION. He argues that the great social movements of the last century took place in cities and were undertaken by urban dwellers, including the overthrow of the shah in Tehran and the end of apartheid in Johannesburg, and he even has some positive things to say about slums. His argument that cities can be settings for the solution of global problems is multidisciplinary--involving sociology, city planning, and economics.
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