Policy Press

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Secondary Cities

Exploring Uneven Development in Dynamic Urban Regions of the Global North

Edited by Mark Pendras and Charles Williams

Published

Jun 3, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529212075

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 3, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529212099

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 3, 2021

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529212099

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Secondary Cities

This book explores cities and the intra-regional relational dynamics often overlooked by urban scholars, and it challenges common representations of urban development successes and failures.

Gathering leading international scholars from Europe, Australia and North America, it explores the secondary city concept in urban development theory and practice and advances a research agenda that highlights uneven development concerns.

By emphasising the subordinate status of secondary cities relative to their dominant neighbours the book raises new questions about regional development in the Global North. It considers alternative relations and development strategies that innovatively reimagine the subordinate status of secondary cities and showcase their full potential.

“This timely and important edited collection explores the political-economic dynamics of secondary cities. In foregrounding the stories of subordinate cities, the book offers an important corrective to research on ostensibly more powerful ‘primate’ or ‘global’ cities." Andrew E.G. Jonas, University of Hull

Secondary Cities: Introduction to a Research Agenda ~ Mark Pendras and Charles Williams

Shedding Light or Casting Shadows? Relations Between Primary and Secondary Cities ~ Evert Meijers and Rodrigo Cardoso

Small and Medium-Sized Towns As Secondary Cities: The Case of Switzerland ~ Heike Mayer, Rahel Meili and David Kaufmann

From Sleepy Hollow to Winning from Second: Identity, Autonomy and Borrowed Size in an Australian Urban Region ~ Louise C. Johnson

Metropolization Processes and Intra-Regional Contrasts: The Uneven Fortunes of English Secondary Cities ~ Rodrigo Cardoso and Evert Meijers

Situating the Secondary City: Uneven Development and Regional Gentrification in Tacoma, WA ~ Charles Williams and Mark Pendras

Borrowed Social Performance: Labour and Community Organizations in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California ~ Gary Hytrek

Intra-Regional Relationality and Green City-Regionalism: Placing the Role of ‘Secondary Cities’ ~ Yonn Dierwechter

Conclusion: Advancing the Secondary City Perspective ~ Charles Williams and Mark Pendras