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Seeing Like a City


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Acknowledgements vii Prologue 1 1 Looking through the City 9 2 Shifting the Beginning: The Anthropocene 33 3 How Cities Think 67 4 The Matter of Economy 99 5 Frames of Poverty 125 Epilogue 159 Notes 168 References 171 Index 190

About the Author

Ash Amin is 1931 Chair in Geography and Fellow of Christ's College at the University of Cambridge Nigel Thrift is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick


'Amin and Thrift are a magnificent duet, conjuring for the reader a sensorium of the intersecting forces affecting and shaped by the sociotechnical systems making up the urban. Here, cities are the locus through which to rethink the very composition of our world and how we might remake, with reinvestment in the provisioning of public goods, a more judicious, viable place within it.' AbdouMalique Simone, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Goldsmiths, University of London 'This is a book that needed to be written. It takes us beyond the common notion of cities as settings, and pulls us into layer after layer of what constitutes the urban. Written in a highly conceptualized way, it gives us the full experience of theoria in its original meaning: seeing.' Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, author of Expulsions

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