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City Life by Adrian Franklin
Book Description'Franklin's ambition in the book is welcome. The scope and historical sweep of analysis, and the attempt to develop arguments at some length, is a productive contrast to the myopic focus of too many analyses. By situating his analysis of the contemporary city in an extensive historical lineage, Franklin is able to draw attention to shifting fashions in urban policy and social theory, and to draw out the consequences of blind spots amidst the often overweening ambition of 'heroic' city planning...the narrative it offers will be...valuable as an introduction to students' - Theory, Culture & Society Read the full review here 'Franklin writes with barely restrained optimism as he emphasizes the excitement, vitality and potential of cities. This advances the idea of city lives as assemblages of 'human and non-human networks of texts, software, culture, behaviour, architecture, trees and gardens'...Franklin uses a wide range of sources in making his case. Historical accounts, search engine statistics and social and cultural theory are all smoothly inte-grated into the narrative' - Sociology Read the full review here 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 * arts and culture * nature and environment * architecture and public space. Emphasising the importance of experience the book represents the fluid complexity of the city as a living space, an environment and a posthumanist space of transformation. It will be of interest to all those engaging with the difficulties of urban life in sociology, human geography, tourism and cultural studies departments.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761944768
(242mm x 170mm x 18mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 18-May-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adrian Franklin
Making of MONA, Hardback (October 2014)
Adrian Franklin, professor of sociology at the University of Tasmania, has pieced together the story of the creation of MONA, from how it came to be on the banks of the Derwent River, to the design and building process, the collection and branding and, crucially, what effect MONA has on its many millions of visitors.
Retro, Paperback (March 2013)
The letter "e" in the first word of the title appears flipped from left to right on the t.p.
Collecting the 20th Century, Paperback (December 2009)
Takes a decade-by-decade approach to exploring the twentieth century - the architecture, fashion, design and everyday material culture. Covering popular periods such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Industrial Arts, Art Deco, Mid-Century, Retro, Modern, this book combines useful information with personal reflection.
Animal Nation, Paperback (February 2006)» View all books by Adrian Franklin
Traces the complex relationships between animals and humans in Australia. This book starts with the colonial period - when unfamiliar native animals were hunted almost to extinction and replaced with preferred species - and brings us full circle to the time when native species are protected above all others.
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Author Biography - Adrian Franklin
Adrian is a prolific researcher, writer and presenter, and is currently editor of SAGE's HSS journal Tourist Studies. He has written numerous articles for a range of journals, from Journal of Sociology and Body and Society to International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Environment and Planning D. He has written three previous book for SAGE: Tourism: An Introduction (2003), Nature and Social Theory (2002) and Animals and Modern Culture (1999). He also presents a television show called The Collectors (ABC, Australia).
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