A Companion to the City by Gary Bridge, Sophie Watson

By Gary Bridge, Sophie Watson

This better half comprises commissioned items from a intentionally wide diversity of validated teachers and new researchers. There are significant makes an attempt to incorporate either western and non-western views in addition to extra conventional validated techniques and modern theorizations of town. together with The Blackwell urban Reader (2002) the complete variety of methods to town and key members to the sector are lined.

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1990: Justice and the Politics of Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Chapter 2 Three Urban Discourses John Rennie Short In this chapter I want to consider three fundamental discourses of the city: the authoritarian city, the cosmic city, and the collective city. These are ideas of the city as well as urban social relations, intellectual discourses as well as political forces. They are chosen from the many possible, because I feel they have a special resonance at this millennial juncture.

At a fundamental level there is something inherently fascistic about architecture and urban planning. 20 JOHN RENNIE SHORT The authoritarian city is a useful corrective to the idea of urbanism as a sort of unbound Prometheus breaking through the bonds of tradition and established order, a theme best exemplified by Peter Hall (1998). This has been the dominant rendering of the city for the past two hundred years including the socialist emancipatory project, the gaze of the flaÃneur, modernist sensibilities and a postmodern irony.

Through the creation of an all-embracing market mentality, the seductive power of the commodity and the wrapping of fulfillment and desire with purchase and consumption, capitalism has shown itself so infinitely adaptable that even resistance and contestation is commodified and sold. There is now a strong and binding connection between commodities and identity, satisfaction and consumption. A linkage between political economy and psychoanalysis, first outlined by Eric Fromm and Charles Reich, would seem to be an important way for us to unravel some of the strands that bind us to this tenacious social order.

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