The aim is to present a retrospective and prospective overview of rural studies that focuses on critical discussions of the role of theory in the development and contingency of rural research. In order to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of rural studies, the Handbook emphasizes the theoretical and empirical diversity of research in the field, and the interconnections that may be made between the different movements in this diversity.
The encyclopedia will serve as an introduction to important topics in urban studies. A Reader's Guide is provided, organizing the content into major areas of study (the urban disciplines) and topics (such as the city and film) as well as important figures in the field. There also is an alphabetical listing of all entries.
This Companion provides the reader with an indispensable and authoritiative overview of the key debates, controversies, and questions concerning the city from a variety of theoretical vantage points with an international perspective.
1. Identifying the city
2. The city as environment
3. The city as paople
4. The city as economy
5. The city as organized polity
6. Power and policy discourses in postmodern cities
7. Cities in transition