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
     
 

"This is a very ambitious collection of diverse, high quality essays. Prakash is certainly right that the study of the modern city is stuck in the literature of European metropolises, and I fully agree with the direction he stakes out in his introduction. The Spaces of the Modern City may be worth its price simply for the introduction."—Thomas Bender

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"This is a very ambitious collection of diverse, high quality essays. Prakash is certainly right that the study of the modern city is stuck in the literature of European metropolises, and I fully agree with the direction he stakes out in his introduction. The Spaces of the Modern City may be worth its price simply for the introduction."—Thomas Bender, author of The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea

"This is an interesting and substantial collection of essays. Combining conceptual sophistication with rich historical studies, the book moves beyond familiar reference points in debates about urban modernity to open up nuanced perspectives on experiences in a wide range of places and periods. The volume makes a significant addition to the growing literature on cities and urbanism."—David Pinder, Queen Mary, University of London

"Its global reach and attention to history make this wonderfully ambitious collection unusual. It is very much in line, in terms of scope and conception, with where historically minded urban studies should be heading. Its interdisciplinarity, determination to look beyond the typical Western cities, and insistence on urban centers remaining the source of local concerns—all this is to the good. This is a real landmark volume."—Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China's Brave New World: And Other Tales for Global Times.

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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. Jiménez 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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