By Nigel Thrift, Ash Amin
This ebook develops a clean and demanding viewpoint at the urban. Drawing on a large and various variety of fabric and texts, it argues that an excessive amount of modern city concept relies on nostalgia for a humane, face-to-face and bounded urban. Amin and Thrift hold that the conventional divide among town and the remainder of the area has been perforated via city encroachment, the thickening of the hyperlinks among the 2, and urbanization as a fashion of life.
They define an leading edge sociology of the town that scatters city lifestyles alongside a sequence of websites and circulations, reinstating formerly suppressed components of latest city lifestyles: from the presence of non-human task to the centrality of far away connections. the consequences of this point of view are traced via a sequence of chapters on energy, financial system and democracy.
This concise and obtainable ebook could be of curiosity to scholars and students in sociology, geography, city stories, cultural stories and politics.
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In turn, regular shipments by air and sea arrive from Kodak plants from around the world. The complex logistics are handled by sixty employees located in an office on Alexandra Road or working from the massive 11,500-square-metre warehouse located in the duty free zone of the Port of Singapore. For the city of Singapore, it provides revenue asso ciated . with warehousing and international logistics, some local employment, and consumption of the two truckloads per week destined for the Singapore market (Gilmour 1997).
In the UK in the period described by Bence, it was the company behind the bulk of newspaper and book distribution, and distribution for the main food and drink producers, the chilled and frozen food industry, major automotive and electronics companies, and major department stores such as Comet, Woolworths, Boots, BHS, Habitat, Marks and Spencer, and Mothercare. Distribution centres for operations on this scale are carefully scattered around key urban gateways and transport nodes, marking a geography of delivery that has virtually no connection with the original geography of production and the final geography of consumption (for instance, cars produced and sold in one region, via a long journey to and from a distribution centre located a thousand miles away).
How else can we explain the gigantic volume of work transacted, both from fixed locations and by the mobile workforce, through telephone conversations and internet exchanges? It is hard to accept that local personal contacts are of primary importance for busi ness in the knowledge economy. Even Flares and Gray, who believe in the powers of the knowledge economy, question the role of localized networks: In this new environment, relationships of trust are built out of increased transparency in costs, frankness about interests, assessment of perform ance, and recognising and respecting unfamiliar identities.
Cities: Reimagining the Urban by Nigel Thrift, Ash Amin