City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America

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Overview

David Fleming examines the relationship between public discourse and the built environment in the contemporary United States. For more than half a century, low-income African American residents of the Cabrini Green public housing project have struggled against the extreme spatial inequality of their metropolitan region. The author examines three different options considered as part of revitalization efforts for the neighborhood: the dispersal of the project's residents into the largely white suburbs of Chicago; the building of a low-rise, mixed income "urban village" on the same site; and the conversion of one of the original buildings into a democratically governed, not-for profit housing cooperative.
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City of Rhetoric is a well-researched, highly readable, and ambitious book.— JAC

"Wide ranging in its conception, relevant in the problems it addresses, well-grounded in several intellectual traditions, and engaging in its detailed ethnographic analysis, City of Rhetoric probes the relationship between the built space and rhetorical possibility. This remarkable project explores civic rhetoric in situ. In so doing, David Fleming sheds new light on the 'place' of the public in our daily civic and rhetorical lives."— Rolf Norgaard, University of Colorado at Boulder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791476499
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2008
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Fleming is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: Death Corner 1

Pt. 1 The Geography of Politics

2 The Placelessness of Political Theory 19

3 A New Civic Map for Our Time 37

Pt. 2 Designing the Twenty-first Century Public Sphere

4 Ghetto: Chicago, 1995 65

5 Suburbia: Schaumburg, Illinois 91

6 The New Urbanism: North Town Village 121

7 Home: 1230 North Burling Street 149

Pt. 3 Lessons for Theory and Practice

8 Toward a New Sociospatial Dialectic 179

9 Cities of Rhetoric 195

10 Afterword 211

Appendix 221

Notes 227

Bibliography 283

Index 307

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