Cultural Readings in the Material and Symbolic City
By (author) Ben Highmore
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Cityscapes by Ben Highmore
Book DescriptionThe city is the most distinctive product of modernity, but it is also its most unruly. How do we approach a culture that is both physical and imaginary, that has moulded concrete and asphalt as well as movies and novels? Cityscapes provides an innovative approach to the modern city. By arguing that the most distinctive aspect of urban life is the varied, and often conflicting, rhythms of the city, this book sets out to find ways of registering the dynamic complexity of the city. Using a range of cultural forms Cityscapes spans the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, finding vivid examples of urban movements in Edgar Allan Poe's London, in Parisian departments stores, in colonial and anti-colonial Algiers, in the North American cities of recent detective fiction, and in the virtual city of The Matrix.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333929353
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Impressively accessible and packed with key theory and concepts, this book is a vivid introduction to cultural studies. Each chapter takes engaging examples from everyday life and uses them to explore core issues, from migration to mass media. This book encourages all students of culture and media to become passionate about cultural studies.
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Author Biography - Ben Highmore
BEN HIGHMORE is Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He is the author of Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction (Routledge 2002) and editor of The Everyday Life Reader (Routledge, 2002).
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