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Urban Order

Jayne, Mark and Bell, D. 2009. Urban Order. In: Kitchin, R. and Thrift, N. eds. The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, London: Elsevier, pp. 70-76. (10.1016/B978-008044910-4.01104-4)

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The term ‘urban order’ means both the ways in which cities are produced as ordered or orderly spaces, for example, through planning, and the ordering or ranking of different cities based on selected measurable characteristics. As such, researchers have devised many different ways of assessing order and rank, producing different hierarchies. Here we critically review some debates about urban order, noting the exclusions these inevitably produce. Other orderings than those produced by academics are also highlighted, with a reminder of the uses of order as a comparative and evaluative index of urban competitiveness.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080449104
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