Urban Studies Blog

18 Oct 2018.

“Current Debates in Urban Theory from A Scale Perspective: Introducing A Scenes Approach” by Daniel Silver, Cary Wu, Terry Clark and Rima Wilkes.

Current debates in urban theory from a scale perspective: Introducing a scenes approach” reviews the implications of various basic urban theories for conceptualizing scale, highlighting their (sometimes implicit) stance on a) what cities to study (especially in terms of size); b) the level at which to study cities (e.g. neighborhood, macro-economy); and c) how cities relate to various processes and groups (e.g. as conduits for circuits of capitalist production, crucibles for combining various forms of culture and consumption, sites for ongoing assemblages of political-economic relationships). Our main argument is that a “scenes approach” offers a potentially valuable contribution to these debates. Read More >