City of Rhetoric: Revitalizing the Public Sphere in Metropolitan America

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Examines the relationship of civic discourse to built environments through a case study of the Cabrini Green urban revitalization project in Chicago.
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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: 9780791476505
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (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

List of Illustrations

1. Introduction: Death Corner

Part One The Geography of Politics

2. The Placelessness of Political Theory
3. A New Civic Map for Our Time

Part Two Designing the Twenty-fi rst Century Public Sphere

4. Ghetto: Chicago, 1995
5. Suburbia: Schaumburg, Illinois
6. The New Urbanism: North Town Village
7. Home: 1230 North Burling Street

Part Three Lessons for Theory and Practice

8. Toward a New Sociospatial Dialectic
9. Cities of Rhetoric
10. Afterword


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