Cities and Fascination: Beyond the Surplus of Meaning

Cities and Fascination: Beyond the Surplus of Meaning

by Wolf-Dietrich Sahr, Heiko Schmid

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Bringing together leading urban scholars, this book discusses the linkages between the economic, social and psychological factors of the urban environment. It focuses on the growth of private urbanity that has led to a 'spectactularization' of the city, the most extreme component of attention being the fascination which is aroused by attractions and state-managed events. The complex characteristics of this fascination are examined under the dimensions of aesthetics, emotions, lived experiences and power structures and governance. The interdisciplinary nature of this collection has wide international appeal and will be of interest to academics of social and cultural geography and cultural and media studies.

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ISBN-13: 9781317166115
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/23/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Professor Heiko Schmid, University of Heidelberg, Germany, Professor Wolf-Dietrich Sahr, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brasil and Professor John Urry, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Cities and fascination: beyond the surplus of meaning, Heiko Schmid, Wolf-Dietrich Sahr and John Urry; Part I Revealing Fascination: Theoretical Horizons: The urban question after modernity, Michael Dear; The city is back (in our minds) Jacques Lévy; Emotions in an urban environment: embellishing the cities from the perspective of the humanities. Jürgen Hasse; Aesthetics and design: perceptions in the postmodern periphery, Ludger Basten. Part II Focusing Fascination: Crossing Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives: 'The most dangerous knack': fetish and fascination in the built environment, Neil Smith; The urban staging of politics: life worlds, aesthetics, and planning – and an example from Brazil, Wolf-Dietrich Sahr. Part III Implementing Fascination: Case Studies: From dreamland to wasteland: the discursive structuring of cities, Ulrike Gerhard and Ingo H. Warnke; Re-designing the metropolis: purpose and perception of the Ruhr district as European Capital of Culture 2010, Achim Prossek; Strategic staging of urbanity: urban images in films and film images in Hamburg's city marketing, Sybille Bauriedl and Anke Strüver; 'Neoliberalism with Chinese characteristics': consumer pedagogy in Macao, Tim Simpson. Part IV Consequences of Fascination: New Horizons: Excess, fascination and climates, John Urry; Index.

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