FROM CHICAGO TO L.A.
Re-Visioning Urban Theory
Edited by Michael J. Dear
University of Southern California
most of the twentieth century, the principles of the "Chicago School"
have guided urban analysts throughout the world. Until recently, Los Angeles has
been regarded as an exception to the rules governing the growth of American
cities. Just as the Chicago School emerged at a time when that city was reaching
new national prominence, Los Angeles is now making its impression on the minds
of urbanists across the world. The third in a trilogy, From Chicago to L.A.
critically examines some of the major precepts of the "Los Angeles
School". Designed specifically for both students and professionals, this
text critically examines the foundations and potential of a putative Los Angeles
school. Clearly written, this volume begins the task of defining an alternative
agenda for urban studies and examines the case of shifting the focus of urban
studies from Chicago to Los Angeles.