Public Realm: Exploring the City's Quintessential Social Theory

Public Realm: Exploring the City's Quintessential Social Theory

by Lyn H. Lofland

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202306070
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/31/1998
Series: Communication and Social Order Series
Pages: 305
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Lyn H. Lofland is professor and chair, Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis. She is the author of many works, including A World of Strangers: Order and Action in Urban Public Space.

Table of Contents

Preface xi(4)
Prologue: A Regio Incognita xv
1 Toward a Geography and History of the Public Realm
1(24)
Preliminaries
2(8)
Mapping the Public Realm: A Rudimentary Geography
10(5)
Notes on the History of the Public Realm
15(2)
Commissions and Omissions: An Overview and Some Caveats
17(8)
PART I CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PUBLIC REALM: ASPECTS OF A SOCIAL TERRITORY 25(76)
2 The Normative or "Legal" System: Patterns and Principles
25(26)
Introduction: The Patterning of Public Realm Interaction
25(2)
Principles of Stranger Interaction
27(15)
Complex "Legal" Patterning: Some Lessons from History and Culture
42(2)
Conclusion: Misreadings and Misunderstandings
44(7)
3 The Relational Web: Persons, Places, Connections
51(26)
Person-to-Person Connections
51(12)
Person-to-Place Connections
63(8)
Opportunity and the Relational Web: Time, Space, and Change
71(6)
4 A City "Garden of Earthly Delights": Esthetic and Interactional Pleasures
77(24)
Introduction: Pleasures in Public?
77(1)
Sources of Esthetic Pleasure
78(8)
Sources of Interactional Pleasures
86(10)
Designing for Pleasure
96(5)
PART II OPPONENTS OF THE PUBLIC REALM: ASSAULTS ON A SOCIAL TERRITORY 101(146)
5 Antiurbanism and the Representational War on the Public Realm
101(42)
Cain's Creation: The Long Tradition of Antiurbanism
101(12)
The Depravity of the City's "Streets": Ganging Up on the Public Realm
113(20)
The Defenders Strike Back
133(10)
6 Fear, Loathing, and Personal Privatism
143(36)
Enabling and Evaluating Privatism
143(8)
Fueling Privatism? Negative Emotions and Secluded Lives
151(17)
From Antiurbanism to Fear and Loathing to Privatism and Back Again?
168(11)
7 Control by Design: The Architectural Assault on the Public Realm
179(50)
Countering Sociology's "Agoraphobia": The Spatial "Structuring" of Interaction
180(8)
Control by Regulation and Control by Design: A Brief Overview
188(7)
Destructive Design: Building the "Private City"
195(13)
Sanitary Design: The Creation of the Counterlocale
208(12)
More Looping Back: Designed Space and Cityphobia
220(9)
8 Uses of the Public Realm
229(18)
Cityphiles and the Evocation of Value
230(1)
An Inventory of Utility
231(16)
Epilogue: The Future of the Public Realm 247(4)
References 251(48)
Index 299

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