Cityscapes of Modernity: Critical Explorations / Edition 1

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The modern metropolis has been one of the crucial sites for the exploration of modernity since at least the mid-nineteenth century. In this new volume, David Frisby provides an original and critical examination of the construction and experience of metropolitan modernity.

Drawing on a rich variety of sources, Frisby seeks to reveal some key features of metropolitan experience in modernity. Among the issues examined are Benjamin's account of the flaneur and its relevance for social investigation and urban detection; Simmel's influential essay on the metropolis; contrasting interpretations of fin-de-siecle Berlin and Vienna by Sombart; the work of Otto Wagner; and the response to the modern metropolis as highlighted in German Expressionism and Weimar Berlin.

Cityscapes of Modernity will be a valuable text for students of sociology, social theory, urban theory, cultural studies and architectural history, as well as all those interested in the urban culture of modernity.

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"This book by David Frisby has his characteristic hallmarks: it ismeticulously well researched and it makes unexpected and excitingconnections between bodies of thought not commonly linked together.Indeed the playing off of social theory and architectural theory isone of its distinctive contributions. His various asides, forinstance his interest in detective stories, or on expressionism,are always provocative and interesting. A book to be celebrated."Mike Savage, University of Manchester

‘A wonderfully incisive dissection of new configurationsof "cities" in the contemporary world' John Urry, LancasterUniversity

"The collection as a whole offers empirically rich andtheoretically sophisticated contextual readings of majorsociologists' reflections on urban life....In Frisby's hands,spatial dynamics become an indispensable component of sociologicaltheory." Environment and Planning

"the collection as a whole offers empirically rich andtheoriectically sophisticated contextual readings of majorsociologists' reflections on urban life. In Frisby's hands, spatialdynamics become an indipensable component of sociological theory".Thomas Lekan, Department of History, University of SouthCarolina.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745609676
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

David Frisby is Professor of Sociology, Glasgow University

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Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Acknowledgements ix
Introduction 1
1 The City Observed: The Flaneur in Social Theory 27
2 The City Detected: Representations and Realities of Detection 52
3 The City Interpreted: Georg Simmel's Metropolis 100
4 The City Compared: Vienna is not Berlin 159
5 The City Designed: Otto Wagner and Vienna 180
6 The City Dissolved: Social Theory, the Metropolis and Expressionism 236
7 The City Rationalized: Martin Wagner's New Berlin 264
Conclusion 303
Notes 314
Bibliography 355
Index 369
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