Networked Urbanism: Social Capital in the City

Networked Urbanism: Social Capital in the City

by Mike Savage, Talja Blokland

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Despite considerable interest in social capital amongst urban policy makers and academics alike, there is currently little direct focus on its urban dimensions. In this volume leading urban researchers from the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, Australia, Italy and France explore the nature of social networks and the significance of voluntary associations for contemporary urban life.

Networked Urbanism recognizes that there is currently a sense of crisis in the cohesion of the city which has led to public attempts to encourage networking and the fostering of 'social capital'. However, the contributors collectively demonstrate how new kinds of 'networked urbanism' associated with ghettoization, suburbanization and segregation have broken from the kind of textured urban communities that existed in the past. This has generated new forms of exclusionary social capital, which fail to significantly resolve the problems of poor residents, whilst strengthening the position of the advantaged.

Grounded in theoretical reflection and empirical research, Networked Urbanism will be of interest to scholars and students of sociology, geography and urban studies, as well as to policy makers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409491293
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 12/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Talja Blokland is Professor at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, UK.

Talja Blokland, Mike Savage, Douglas Rae, Rowland G. Atkinson, Bruce D. Haynes, Jesus Hernandez, Alexandra M. Curley, Floris Noordhoff, Alberta Andreotti, Patrick Le Galès, Gindo Tampubolon, Alan Warde, Fiona Devine, Peter Halfpenny, Nadia Joanne Britton, Rosemary Mellor, Tim Butler.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Social capital and networked urbanism, Talja Blokland and Mike Savage. Part 1 Social Capital and the End of Urbanism: The end to urbanism: how the changing spatial structure of cities affected its social capital potentials, Talja Blokland and Douglas Rae; The flowing enclave and the misanthropy of networked affluence, Rowland G. Atkinson; Place, space and race: monopolistic group closure and the dark side of social capital, Bruce D. Haynes and Jesus Hernandez. Part 2 Networks and Urban Social Capital: A new place, a new network? Social capital effects of residential relocation for poor women, Alexandra M. Curley; The weakness of weak ties. Social capital to get ahead among the urban poor in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Taljia Blokland and Floris Noordhoff; Middle class neighbourhood attachment in Paris and Milan: partial exit and profound rootedness, Alberta Andreotti and Patrick Le Galès. Part 3 Urban Associations and Social Capital: Gardening with a little help from your (middle class) friends: bridging social capital across race and class in a mixed neighbourhood, Talja Blokland; Political participation, social networks and the city, Mike Savage, Gindo Tampubolon and Alan Warde; Conserving the past of a quiet suburb: urban politics, association networks and speaking for 'the community', Fiona Devine, Peter Halfpenny, Nadia Joanne Britton and Rosemary Mellor; Social capital and the formation of London's middle classes, Tim Butler; Index.

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