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Adrian Franklin's City Life is a successful attempt to make sense of the city and therefore a welcome and to an extent refreshing contribution to the academic literature on cities... Well-argued and well-written, immersed in the literature and often thought-provoking, Adrian Franklin's City Life is a worthy and welcome contribution to the literature on cities.
A brave foray into the interdisciplinary and a serious attempt to cover city life in all its complexity...Franklin's optimism about the city is refreshing. He revels in the growing human and cultural diversity and the "re-emergence and spread of a more tolerant, carnivalesque, culture-driven city life", and he celebrates the city's ability to offer shelter to the unexpected and the fragile. For Franklin, the city is a product of nature, with all its vicissitudes.
The course linked to this text is not runninghtis academic year. However, we are re-designing our UG Housing courses for 2011-12 and it is likley that this very useful introduction to the city will be added to reading lists then ( for 2/3 rd UG students)
A highly provocative textbook which provides a no-holds-barred coverage of the realities of the quality of live, particularly in the many disadvantaged / marginalised urban communities throughout Britain. A particularly useful teaching aid, it offers a sequenced structure to the learning process in an impressively provocative approach.
Well constructed and appropriate format for this level of student
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