Cities under Austerity: Restructuring the US Metropolis

SUNY Press
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 Examines the ways in which austerity policies are transforming US cities.
Across the world’s most industrialized economies, the financial crisis of 2007 caused a contraction of state budgets and stimulated attempts to reform debt-burdened governments. In the United States, a system of fiscal federalism meant this turn towards austerity took a uniquely fragmented and geographically diverse form. Drawing on case studies of recent urban restructuring, Cities under Austerity challenges dominant understandings of austerity as a distinctly national condition and develops a conceptualization of the new US urban condition that reveals its emerging political and social fault lines. The contributors empirically detail the restructuring that is taking place across the United States, its underlying logics, its local impacts and the ongoing processes of challenge and resistance that influences how it is shaping the lives of citizens. The new American political economy, it is argued, needs to be understood as composed of a mosaic of urban experiences that both build upon a differentiated foundation and creates new divergences. As state reforms continue to interact with this diverse urban political economy of the United States, this collection provides a state-of-the-art survey on how postcrisis convergences and divergences in urban economies and urban politics have laid the foundations for the new political geography of the United States.
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 Mark Davidson is Associate Professor of Urban Geography at Clark University and the coeditor (with Deborah Martin) of Urban Politics: Critical Approaches. Kevin Ward is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom and the coeditor (with Eugene McCann) of Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2018
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Pages
292
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ISBN
9781438468198
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
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‘Extends a warm welcome to students who have come face-to-face with the daunting task of producing a dissertation. Written in an accessible and engaging style, it deals with the nitty-gritty of researching the city... a must-have for the student!’
- Kim England, University of Washington

‘An invaluable guide to urban research design for undergraduate and graduate students alike. It provides the novice researcher with a wealth of practical advice on theory, methods, writing style, and everything else one needs to know to design and manage a successful urban research project. I wish this book had been available when I started my research career!'
- Byron Miller, University of Calgary

‘Replete with tremendously useful advice and guidance for students of all social-science disciplines undertaking significant research projects on urban issues... students writing undergraduate and master’s theses, or even doctoral dissertations, are likely to find it tremendously useful as well.’
- David L. Imbroscio, University of Louisville

This practical guide for students focuses on the city and on the different ways to research it. The authors explains how research is done, from the original idea to design and implementation, through to writing up and representation.

Substantive chapters explain each method in detail, from using archival methods, interviews, ethnography, questionnaires, discourse analysis and diaries, to using GIS and visual methods.

With real world examples throughout and guided further reading for each chapter, it is an inspiring guide for students carrying out their own research in urban geography, urban planning, urban studies and urban sociology courses.
Mark Davidson, author of Daniel Revisited, has created a unique interpretation of end-time Bible prophecy using the ancient concentric reading method known as chiastics. Lost centuries ago, it was rediscovered by seminary scholars in the eighteenth century. This reading method reveals the form of the scripture text via the flow of its words, giving us a heightened sensitivity to the words in the text. When combined with the words’ meanings, we receive a greater understanding of prophetic scripture.

In Daniel Revisited, Davidson showed us the four signposts—four events prophesied in Daniel 7 and 8 and Revelation 6—to occur in the Middle East prior to the Rapture and Tribulation. Now in Chronicles of the End Times, chiastic reading has been applied to all of Daniel, Revelation, and other books, pulling back the veil further to expand our view from four events to all the main events, from the Middle East to the ends of the earth.

A chiastic reading of Daniel, Zechariah 1–6, Matthew 23–25, and Revelation—all shown in ninety illustrations—yields many solid answers to the following questions as well as to many others:

— How do Daniel 2 and 7 interact, and why are the kingdoms metals and beasts?

— What’s the purpose of Daniel’s Aramaic chapters, and how do they affect the end times?

— Which parts of Daniel 11 are to be fulfilled in ancient times versus end times?

— What is the real identity of Mystery Babylon, and how does this help us in the end times?

— How do the two scrolls of Revelation give greater understanding of the trumpets and bowls?

— What are the Seven Events of the end times, and which one is next?

This all may seem incredible for one book, but is nevertheless true. The chiastic reading of Bible prophecy revolutionizes our view of the end times and how we read Bible end-time prophecy.

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