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The material city : bodies, minds, and the in-between / Alan Blum

By: Resource type: Ressourcentyp: Buch (Online)Book (Online)Language: English Series: The culture of citiesPublisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2023Description: 1 Online-RessourceISBN:
  • 9780228017844
Subject(s): Additional physical formats: 022801784X | 9780228017837. | 0228017831 | 0228016614 | 9780228016618 | 0228016614 | 9780228016618 | Erscheint auch als: Material city. Druck-Ausgabe Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2023DDC classification:
  • 307.76
LOC classification:
  • HT119
Online resources: Summary: Strategy of Analysis -- The Material Context of Urban Life -- The Material View of Ambiguity: The Weight of Numbers -- Use Value, Exchange Value -- The City as a Writing Machine -- Figures of Enlightenment: Globalization, Gentrification -- Perpetuity -- Publicity and the Project as Scene -- Urban Governance -- The Desire for Justice in Everyday Life -- The Legacy of Care -- The Soul of the City/The Soul of Inquiry.Summary: "This book explores, by observation and analysis, the methods cities and their subjects use to find meaning in the context of urban life, in particular the city's relationships to social change and what has been traditionally identified as justice. I treat the city as a site and a situation of action that exhibits interpretive collisions in relation to contested views of everyday life and its management: a collective discourse of conflicting views of globalization, gentrification, innovation, preservation, market value, popular culture, crowds, consumption, urban governance, and different strategies proposed for healing the ever -present conflicts of the democratic city over these topics. The aim of each chapter is to use a problem of urban life to to observe and analyze assumptions and values that are typically taken for granted and unspoken. It is thus possible to refashion a collective discourse as dialogue: a dialogue which is then explored and analyzed to reveal occasions of problem-solving in relation to the quality of the city as an environment. This draws on a method developed in earlier works by Blum and McHugh for engaging texts and social interaction. Models of the city that focus upon its complications due to political economy, geography, and such conditions are translated into a reflection upon urbanity as a system of desire using texts from Plato, Lucretius, Hegel, Georg Simmel, Siegreid Kracauer, Wittgenstein, Hannah Arendt, Jean Baudrillard, Virginia Woolf and others. The city is reflected historically and at any present in different ways that have consequences for thinking of opportunity and limit, pleasure and pain, optimism and pessimism. The diverse conceptions of a material city are parts of a narrative designed to represent the enigma of mortality and its relations to pleasure, comedy, and fate."--PPN: PPN: 1882634152Package identifier: Produktsigel: ZDB-4-NLEBK | BSZ-4-NLEBK-KAUB
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