3. Understanding the Urban

  1. Frank Gaffikin and
  2. Mike Morrissey

Published Online: 10 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393200.ch3

Planning in Divided Cities: Collaborative Shaping of Contested Space

Planning in Divided Cities: Collaborative Shaping of Contested Space

How to Cite

Gaffikin, F. and Morrissey, M. (2011) Understanding the Urban, in Planning in Divided Cities: Collaborative Shaping of Contested Space, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393200.ch3

Author Information

  1. Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Belfast, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405192187

Online ISBN: 9781444393200



  • understanding the urban;
  • energy crisis, recession - accelerating process of de-industrialisation;
  • marked socio-spatial changes - interpretative relevance of conventional urban theory;
  • cost–benefit estimation of optimal location - land-use allocation in built environments;
  • neighbourhood case study method - suffering conceptual ambiguity of term ‘community’;
  • regulation approach, and pressure - stability and predictability urges of capitalism as societal system;
  • urban and regional inequalities within EU - agglomeration and external economies;
  • farewell to Keynesian–Fordist industrialism and welfarism - Keynesian ‘stop-go’ tendencies debilitating planning;
  • globalisation and neo-liberalism, indeterminate concept - eluding simple synopsis;
  • urban change - stirring in city-regions of the Global South


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Farewell to Keynesian–Fordist Industrialism and Welfarism?

  • Globalisation and Neo-Liberalism

  • Urban Regime Theory

  • Beyond the First World lens

  • Making Sense of the Debate