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City life

City life

  • ISBN: 9780761944768
  • Editorial: SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Lugar de la edición: London. Reino Unido
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Medidas: 23 cm
  • Nº Pág.: 243
  • Idiomas: Inglés

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"City Life" grabs you by the collar and draws you deep into the sensuous heartland of the western cityscape. Franklin means 'life' literally. This is not only an account of the human hopes, desires, obsessions, and follies that animate bricks and mortar, but of all the diverse creatures that join in the urban adventure. Rattling along with the pace and eloquence of a good novel, you hardly realise how much social and urban theory you are taking in along the way. This is what learning should be like' - Nigel Clark, Open University. 'A sweeping treatment of cities from Roman to contemporary times, this book highlights the powerful forces that shape cities - transforming them from traditional cities of culture and commerce, to modernist cities of industry and work, to today's post-modern cities of spectacle and consumerism - and just on the horizon - to cities of ecological integrity and human-animal coexistence for which we all long' - Jennifer Wolch, University of California, Berkeley. Cities are more important as cultural entities than their mere function as dormitories and industrial sites. Yet, the understanding of what makes a city 'alive' and appealing in cultural terms is still hotly contested - why are some cities so much more interesting, popular and successful than others? In this engaging discussion of 'city life', Adrian Franklin takes the reader on a tour of contemporary western cities exploring their historical development and arguing that it is the transformative, ritual and performative qualities of successful cities that makes a difference. Here is a new urban culture characterized by ecological frames of reference; tracking the making of contemporary city life from traditional times, through early modern, machinic and modernised stages of development. Adopting dynamic narrative structures and stories to develop its critical position this book creates a vibrant synthesis of city life from its key components: leisure and tourism; recreation and play; a


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