The Sociological Review, 61(1): Urban Rhythms: Mobilities, Space and Interaction in the Contemporary City, pp 4-16
The post-industrial city of the global urban era is seen to be defined by increasingly complex social, spatial and temporal relations, characterized by conditions of change and uncertainty, exception and opportunity. This book seeks to explore and critique such conditions, both as the current state of the urban and with regards to claims of current urban theory and research. The various contributions gathered here represent contrasting approaches to understanding the city, drawing as they do from multiple, and inter, disciplinary perspectives. They also draw from a global range of cities, some which might be considered global cities too. Each paper shares a commitment to elucidating and exploring the complexity of the contemporary metropolis via a (re)consideration of the rhythmic and, increasingly, polyrhythmic nature of everyday urban life. In introducing the papers of this collection, we offer something of a contextualization of the emergence and transformation of the (poly)rhythmicities which underscore the post-industrial city.