The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life

The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life

by Gyan Prakash
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691133433

ISBN-13: 9780691133430

Pub. Date: 02/04/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

By United Nations estimates, 60 percent of the world's population will be urban by 2030. With the increasing speed of urbanization, especially in the developing world, scholars are now rethinking standard concepts and histories of modern cities. The Spaces of the Modern City historicizes the contemporary discussion of urbanism, highlighting the local and

Overview

By United Nations estimates, 60 percent of the world's population will be urban by 2030. With the increasing speed of urbanization, especially in the developing world, scholars are now rethinking standard concepts and histories of modern cities. The Spaces of the Modern City historicizes the contemporary discussion of urbanism, highlighting the local and global breadth of the city landscape.

This interdisciplinary collection examines how the city develops in the interactions of space and imagination. The essays focus on issues such as street design in Vienna, the motion picture industry in Los Angeles, architecture in Marseilles and Algiers, and the kaleidoscopic paradox of post-apartheid Johannesburg. They explore the nature of spatial politics, examining the disparate worlds of eighteenth-century Baghdad, nineteenth-century Morelia, Cold War-era West Berlin, and postwar Los Angeles. They also show the meaning of everyday spaces to urban life, illuminating issues such as crime in metropolitan London, youth culture in Dakar, "memory projects" in Tokyo, and Bombay cinema. Informed by a range of theoretical writings, this collection offers a fresh and truly global perspective on the nature of the modern city.

The contributors are Sheila Crane, Belinda Davis, Mamadou Diouf, Philip J. Ethington, David Frisby, Christina M. Jiménez, Dina Rizk Khoury, Ranjani Mazumdar, Frank Mort, Martin Murray, Jordan Sand, and Sarah Schrank.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133430
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2008
Series:
Publications in Partnership with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center at Princeton University Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Preface ix
Introduction by Gyan Prakash 1

SPATIAL IMAGINARIES 19
Chapter 1: Streets, Imaginaries, and Modernity: Vienna Is Not Berlin by David Frisby 21
Chapter 2: The Global Spaces of Los Angeles, 1920s-1930s by Philip J. Ethington 58
Chapter 3: Architecture at the Ends of Empire: Urban Reflections between Algiers and Marseille by Sheila Crane 99
Chapter 4: The City in Fragments: Kaleidoscopic Johannesburg after Apartheid by Martin J. Murray 144

SPATIAL POLITICS 179
Chapter 5: Violence and Spatial Politics between the Local and Imperial: Baghdad, 1778-1810 by Dina Rizk Khoury 181
Chapter 6: From the Lettered City to the Sellers’ City: Vendor Politics and Public Space in Urban Mexico, 1880-1926 by Christina M. Jime´nez 214
Chapter 7: The City as Theater of Protest: West Berlin and West Germany, 1962-1983 by Belinda Davis 247
Chapter 8: Nuestro Pueblo: The Spatial and Cultural Politics of Los Angeles' Watts Towers by Sarah Schrank 275

SPACES OF EVERYDAY LIFE 311
Chapter 9: Morality, Majesty, and Murder in 1950s London: Metropolitan Culture and English Modernity by Frank Mort 313
Chapter 10: (Re)Imagining an African City: Performing Culture, Arts, and Citizenship in Dakar (Senegal), 1980-2000 by Mamadou Diouf 346
Chapter 11: Street Observation Science and the Tokyo Economic Bubble, 1986-1990 by Jordan Sand 373
Chapter 12: Spectacle and Death in the City of Bombay Cinema by Ranjani Mazumdar 401
Contributors 433
Index 437

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