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The city cultures reader
Miles, Malcolm.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2004]

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xiii, 508 pages ; 25 cm.
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Cities are both products of culture, and sites where culture is made and received. By presenting the very best of classic and contemporary writing on the culture of cities, The City Cultures Reader provides an accessible overview of the diverse material on the interface between cities and culture.

The extensively revised and updated second edition now features fifty generous writings (of which thirty-eight are new) organised into ten parts which explore themes such as: what is a city?; what is culture?; symbolic economies; the culture industry; culture and technologies; everyday lives; contesting identity; boundaries and transgressions; utopias and dystopias; and possible urban futures.

Designed to aid student understanding, this new edition now features extensive introductory sections that define both the city and culture. Part introductions outline the major themes, whilst introductions to the individual writings explain their interest and significance to wider debates. Annotated further reading is also provided at the end of each part.

Author Notes

Malcolm Miles is Reader in Cultural Theory at the University of Plymouth
Tim Hall is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the Geography and Environmental Management Research Unit, University of Gloucestershire
Iain Borden is Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture, and Director of the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Table of Contents

Georg SimmelErnest W. BurgessLewis MumfordSiegfried KracauerElizabeth WilsonRaymond WilliamsHerbert MarcuseCarol DuncanGuy DebordJohn TomlinsonPierre BourdieuTim HallMartha RoslerMargaret CrawfordSusan FainsteinTheodor W. AdornoJohn UrryDianne DoddMary J. HickmanPatricia PhillipsMimi Sheller and John UrryStephen Graham and Simon MarvinVivian SchellingTiziana TerranovaCritical Art EnsembleHenri LefebvreMichel de CerteauLucy LippardAna Betancour and Peter HasdellIain BordenDoreen MasseyIris Marion YoungKimberley CurtisSuzana TorreFarha GhannamIvan IllichDavid SibleyKay AndersonLuce IrigarayDean MacCannellJudith ShklarVincent GeogheganRosalyn DeutscheLeonie SandercockMalcolm MilesEdward SojaGraham HaughtonJeremy SeabrookBill WeinbergAnn M. Pendleton-Jullian
List of platesp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introduction to the Second Editionp. 1
Part 1 What Is a City?p. 5
Introductionp. 7
'The Metropolis and Mental Life'p. 12
'The Growth of the City: An Introduction to a Research Project'p. 20
'What is a City?'p. 28
'The Hotel Lobby'p. 33
'World Cities'p. 40
Plate Section: The Waterfront of Barcelona
Part 2 What Is Culture?p. 49
Introductionp. 51
'Metropolitan Perceptions and the Emergence of Modernism'p. 58
'The Affirmative Character of Culture'p. 66
'The Art Museum as Ritual'p. 72
'Separation Perfected'p. 82
'Globalised Culture: The Triumph of the West?'p. 88
Part 3 Symbolic Economiesp. 97
Introductionp. 99
'The Production of Belief: Contribution to an Economy of Symbolic Goods'p. 103
'Opening up Public Art's Spaces: Art, Regeneration and Audience'p. 110
'Fragments of a Metropolitan Viewpoint'p. 118
'The World in a Shopping Mall'p. 125
'Justice, Politics, and the Creation of Urban Space'p. 141
Plate Section: Capital ArcadeJohn Goto
Part 4 The Culture Industryp. 157
Introductionp. 159
'The Culture Industry Reconsidered'p. 163
'Reinterpreting Local Culture'p. 169
'Barcelona: The Making of a Cultural City'p. 177
'Difference, Boundaries, Community: The Irish in Britain'p. 183
'Out of Order: The Public Art Machine'p. 190
Part 5 Cultures and Technologiesp. 197
Introductionp. 199
'The City and the Car'p. 202
'The Social and Cultural Life of the City'p. 220
'The People's Radio of Vila Nossa Senhora Aparecida: Alternative Communication and Cultures of Resistance in Brazil'p. 224
'Posthuman Unbounded: Artificial Evolution and High-tech Subcultures'p. 234
'Electronic Civil Disobedience'p. 245
Plate Section: The Pursuit of Happiness and other works by Marjetica Potrc
Part 6 Everyday Livesp. 255
Introductionp. 257
'Plan of the Present Work'p. 260
'Railway Navigation and Incarceration'p. 266
'Home in the Weeds'p. 269
'Tango: A Choreography of Urban Displacement'p. 277
'A Performative Critique of the City: The Urban Practice of Skateboarding, 1958-98'p. 291
Part 7 Contesting Identityp. 299
Introductionp. 301
'Space, Place and Gender'p. 307
'Social Movements and the Politics of Difference'p. 311
'World Alienation and the Modern Age: The Deprivations of Obscurity'p. 324
'Changing the Public Space: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo'p. 331
'Re-imagining the Global: Relocation and Local Identities in Cairo'p. 336
Plate Section: Touch Sanitation by Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Part 8 Boundaries and Transgressionsp. 347
Introductionp. 349
'The Dirt of Cities, the Aura of Cities, the Smell of the Dead, Utopia of an Odorless City'p. 355
'Border Crossings'p. 360
'Engendering Race Research: Unsettling the Self-Other Dichotomy'p. 369
'A Chance to Live'p. 379
'New Urbanism and its Discontents'p. 382
Part 9 Utopias and Dystopiasp. 397
Introductionp. 399
'The Political Theory of Utopia: From Melancholia to Nostalgia'p. 404
'Ernst Bloch and the Ubiquity of Utopia'p. 413
'Uneven Development: Public Art in New York City'p. 420
'The Death of Radical Planning: Radical Praxis for a Postmodern Age'p. 423
'Cafe-Extra: Culture, Representation and the Everyday'p. 440
Plate Section: Ring der Erinnerung by Herman Prigann
Part 10 Possible Futuresp. 447
Introductionp. 449
'Exopolis: The Restructuring of Urban Form'p. 453
'Environmental Justice and the Sustainable City'p. 461
'The Urban Poor: An Invisible Resource'p. 475
'iViva Loisaida Libre!'p. 484
'Architecture Co-generated with Poetry, because the Word is Inaugural, it Conveys, it Gives Birth'p. 492
Illustration creditsp. 497
Copyright informationp. 498
Indexp. 502