For millennia, the city stood out against the landscape, walled and compact. This concept of the city was long accepted as adequate for characterizing the urban experience. However, the nature of the city, both real and imagined, has always been more permeable than this model reveals.
The essays in Urban Imaginaries respond to this condition by focusing on how social and physical space is conceived as both indefinite and singular. They emphasize the ways this space is shared and thus made into urban culture. Urban Imaginaries offers case studies on cities in Brazil, Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, and India, as well as in the United States and France, and in doing so blends social, cultural, and political approaches to better understand the contemporary urban experience.
Contributors: Margaret Cohen, Stanford U; Camilla Fojas, De Paul U; Beatriz Jaguaribe, Federal U of Rio de Janeiro; Anthony D. King, SUNY Binghamton; Mark LeVine, U of California, Irvine; Srirupa Roy, U of Massachusetts, Amherst; Seteney Shami, Social Science Research Council; AbdouMaliq Simone, New School U; Maha Yahya; Deniz Yükseker, Koç U, Istanbul.
Alev Çinar is associate professor of political science and public administration at Bilkent University, Turkey. Thomas Bender is university professor of the humanities and history at New York University.
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Table of Contents
Introduction. The City: Experience, Imagination, and Place Alev Cinar Thomas Bender xi
Boundaries, Networks, and Cities: Playing and Replaying Diasporas and Histories Anthony D. King 1
The City and Its Boundaries
Economy and Gender in the Urban Borderland: The Public Culture of Laleli, Istanbul Deniz Yukseker 17
Borderlined in the Global City (of Angels) Camilla Fojas 37
Modernity on the Waterfront: The Case of Haussmann's Paris Margaret Cohen 55
Competing Narratives of the City: Contested Inclusions and Exclusions
Assembling Douala: Imagining Forms of Urban Sociality AbdouMaliq Simone 79
Cities without Maps: Favelas and the Aesthetics of Realism Beatriz Jaguaribe 100
Fateful Triangles: Modernity and Its Antinomies in a Mediterranean Port City Mark LeVine 121
The City and the Vision of the Nation
The Imagined Community as Urban Reality: The Making of Ankara Alev Cinar 151
Urban Space, National Time, and Postcolonial Difference: The Steel Towns of India Srirupa Roy 182
"Amman Is Not a City": Middle Eastern Cities in Question Seteney Shami 208
Let the Dead Be Dead: Communal Imaginariesand National Narratives in the Post-Civil War Reconstruction of Beirut Maha Yahya 236
Conclusion. Reflections on the Culture of Urban Modernity Thomas Bender 267