Understanding cities is a diverse enterprise. It is a multi-disciplinary endeavour that draws on, or at least needs to be aware, of the contribution of those social sciences which aim to unravel urban processes. Why and how cities develop, how urban life is experienced and managed no more fragments neatly along disciplinary lines than should our understanding of them. Throughout the world, the study of cities takes place within a wide variety of social sciences as well as in the some humanities disciplines. Furthermore, in the study of cities a major split occurs between those focusing the economic as opposed to the more social questions raised by cities.
In the former the focus is on city economies, their change and how policy intervention is able to steer change; in the latter the emphasis is more on social life and change, power and inequalities. As such, the readings in both Urban Studies - Economies and Urban Studies - Society set out to map the multidisciplinary nature of the field. Urban Studies - Economies:Volume I - What are Cities?Volume II - The Urban EconomyVolume III - Urban Economy, Connecting CitiesVolume IV - Managing & Steering EconomiesUrban Studies - Society:Volume I - Cities as social SpacesVolume II - Experiencing the CityVolume III - Designing & Planning CitiesVolume IV - Cities, Ideas & Ideals