Ordinary Cities Between Modernity and Development
BY JENNIFER ROBINSON
London: Routledge, 2007
ISBN 0-415-30487-3 cloth; 0-415-30488-7 paper.
Published in Routledge's Questioning Cities series, Jennifer Robinsori s book is addressed in the first instance to urban scholars and policy makers. Robinson challenges the habitual categorical divide in urban studies between so-called global or world cities that determine the flows of information and capital and thus exemplify also the urbane and cosmopolitan, and so-called "third world" or "structurally irrelevant" conurbations characterized by poverty, disorder, or at best imitation of innovations imported from the West. This …