Book Reviews

Take a look at the latest book reviews available online through SAGE publications:

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New Urban Worlds: Inhabiting Dissonant Times, authored by AM Simone & E Pieterse and reviewed by William Monteith

"By purposefully ‘disrobing’ the field of urban studies, the authors contribute to its survival as a responsive and a pluralistic intellectual space."


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City Unsilenced: Urban Resistance and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy, authored by Jeffrey Hou and Sabine Knierbein and reviewed by Naomi Adiv


"In this volume, the collected authors demonstrate how public spaces in cities operate as both the subject and object of civic unrest."



The following book reviews can be found in the July 2018 issue (Vol 55, Issue 9):

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The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite, authored by Alessandro Busà and reviewed by Catalina Neculai


"Located in an exceptional laboratory of urbanisation and urban research (Mollenkopf and Castells, 1991: 5), Alessandro Busà’s book The Creative Destruction of New York City: Engineering the City for the Elite is a noteworthy and much-needed addition to the geography of gentrification."


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Book review: Mobility, Sociability and Well-being of Urban Living, edited by Donggen Wang and reviewed by Jonathan Corcoran

"The book progresses a number of valuable insights but arguably the predominant focus on the interplay of mobility, sociability and well-being from a Chinese perspective is a particularly welcome addition to the literature."

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Gentrifier, authored by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch & Marc Lamont Hill and reviewed by Aysegul Can


"This book challenges the ways in which gentrification scholars define and categorise gentrifiers based on the personal experiences of three academics (the authors) who self-identify as gentrifiers."