Spaces of Global Cultures: Architecture, Urbanism, Identity / Edition 1

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"In Spaces of Global Cultures, Anthony King brings together a series of contemporary and historical case studies to show how different phases of globalization are transforming the built environment." The first book to combine global and postcolonial theoretical approaches to the built environment, and to illustrate these with concrete examples, Spaces of Global Cultures argues for a more historical, differentiated and interdisciplinary understanding of globalization: one that places material space and the built environment at the center and calls for innovative concepts to address new contemporary conditions.
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'This outstanding volume by Anthony King is empirically rich and sends deep theoretical tremors as well; an invaluable read.' - Jan Nederveen Pieterse, author of Globalization or Empire, Routledge 2004

'The book is very interdisciplinary—and inherently geographical ... It is sensitive to political and cultural context and highlights the various hegemonies at play in architecture.' - Environment and Planning A

'King's importance in shaping the way we understand globalization as an unequal and uneven system not only of economic but of material and cultural processes cannot be understated.' 'The empirical material in this book is excellent.' 'This is architectural history at its best.' - Rob Shields, Building Research and Information, 2005

'King provides an accessible and significant contribution to the literature on how transnational and global identities play out within the built environment ... it will be of considerable interest to a range of courses, from architecture and planning history to the sociology and geography of consumption.' - Journal of Consumer Culture

' excellent book that maps the multifaceted ways in which the built environment is influenced by transnational processes in general and a good overview of the research of one of its most important students in particular' - International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415196192
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: Architext Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony D. King is Bartle Professor of Art History and of Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton. He has been Visiting Professor in Architecture, University of Califonia Berkeley and, for five years, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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Table of Contents

1 Worlds in the city : from wonders of modern design to weapons of mass destruction 3
2 Interrogating global culture(s) 23
3 Cultures and spaces of postcolonial knowledges 45
4 The times and spaces of modernity 65
5 Writing transnational planning histories : the dialectics of dual development 82
6 Suburb/ethnoburb/globurb : the making of contemporary modernities 97
7 Villafication : the transformation of Chinese cities 111
8 Imagining the world at home : the distant spaces of the Indian city 127
9 Transnational Delhi revisited : the spatial language of three modernities 141
10 Imperialism, colonialism and architects of the arts and crafts in Britain 161
11 Ways of seeing : serendipity, visuality, experience 189
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