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NEW BOOK: The Connected City

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Zachary P Neal <[log in to unmask]>

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THE CONNECTED CITY: HOW NETWORKS ARE SHAPING THE MODERN METROPOLIS
Zachary Neal
Michigan State University

Routledge, 2012
ISBN 978-0-415-88142-5, $45.95 paper
ISBN 978-0-415-88141-8, $155.00 cloth

To request a complementary exam copy:
http://www.routledge.com/resources/complimentary_exam_copy_request/9780415881425/
===================

The Connected City explores how thinking about networks helps make  
sense of modern cities: what they are, how they work, and where they  
are headed. It is organized around three different levels of urban  
networks that build upon one another, and require distinctive  
analytical approaches that make it possible to consider different  
types of questions:

(1) Micro-urban networks: Networks within cities, including the social  
relationships among neighbors that give rise to communities and  
subcultures, and that shape the complexities of urban politics.

(2) Meso-urban networks: Networks that structure cities, including  
infrastructure networks like roads and organizational networks like  
those among governmental and social service agencies.

(3) Macro-urban networks: Networks between cities, including the  
telecommunications and command-and-control networks that shape  
processes of economic development and globalization at regional,  
national, and global scales.

Throughout these sections, when a new methodological concept is  
introduced, a separate ?method note? provides a brief and accessible  
introduction to the practical issues of using networks analysis in  
research. What makes this book unique is that it synthesizes the  
insights and tools of multiple scales of urban networks, and  
integrates the theory and method of network analysis.

=== Advance Praise for The Connected City ===
?Urbanists often talk about cities as ?agglomerations? and ?clusters,?  
but what makes them such powerful economic and social engines is their  
extraordinarily intricate and adaptable weave of connections. Zachary  
Neal?s The Connected City shows how networks make cities more  
innovative and people more productive?and explains why cities are  
increasingly replacing large bureaucratic corporations as the key  
social and economic organizing units of our time.?
--- Richard Florida, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman  
School of Management, University of Toronto and author of The Rise of  
the Creative Class, Revisited

?In The Connected City Zachary Neal uses the language of network  
science to unravel the mechanisms that govern a city?s daily evolution  
and patterns of daily life. He offers a persuasive narrative that  
fundamentally alters the way we perceive urban life.?
--- Albert-La?szlo? Baraba?si, Distinguished Professor and Director of  
Northeastern University?s Center for Complex Network Research and  
author of Linked

?The Connected City is the networked city. Zachary Neal?s masterful  
book takes away from old-fashioned views of cities to show how they  
thrive through their networks?between residents, businesses, and even  
between cities. The cities? networks pulse with vitality and life, and  
so does this book.?
--- Barry Wellman, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

?The strength of the book is in presenting a network analytic ?take?  
on many of the key issues in urban studies, while at the same time  
providing a quite brilliant introduction to network analysis using  
these urban studies themes. It is well written and accessible to  
advanced undergraduates without being too elementary for more  
experienced students of these urban issues.?
--- Michael F. Timberlake, Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

?Confronted by the multitude of new books on cities, there are two  
very good reasons to read this one: first, it provides a thorough  
understanding of how networks work; second, it does a brilliant job of  
evaluating networks across scales, from community to global, while  
remaining focused on cities. I consider The Connected City to be a  
cutting-edge addition to the urban literature.?
--- Peter Taylor, Director of GaWC; Professor, School of Built and  
Natural Environment, Northumbria University; Emeritus Professor,  
Department of Geography, Loughborough University

?An overarching effort to comprehensively link the multifarious  
network approaches to cities has been long overdue. Neal?s The  
Connected City effectively rectifies this situation: based on a  
sophisticated review of very diverse literatures, this book provides  
readers with both an elegant introduction to and a wide-ranging review  
of the urban literature drawing on the notion of ?networks.??
--- Ben Derudder, Marie Curie Research Fellow, School of Geography and  
Environmental Science, Monash University and Professor of Human  
Geography, Department of Geography, Ghent University

-- 
Zachary Neal, Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Sociology & Global Urban Studies Program
316 Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
http://www.msu.edu/~zpneal

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415881425/
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415997270/

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