The Politics of Public Space
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Politics of Public Space by Setha M. Low
Book DescriptionWhy is public space disappearing? Why is this disappearance important to democratic politics and how has it become an international phenomenon? Public spaces are no longer democratic spaces, but instead centres of private commerce and consumption, and even surveillance and police control. "The Politics of Public Space" extends the focus of current work on public space to include a consideration of the transnational - in the sense of moving people and transformations in the nation or state - to expand our definition of the 'public' and public space. Ultimately, public spaces are one of the last democratic forums for public dissent in a civil society. Without these significant central public spaces, individuals cannot directly participate in conflict resolution. "The Politics of Public Space" assembles a superb list of contributors to explore the important political dimensions of public space as a place where conflicts over cultural and political objectives become concrete.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415951388
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Setha M. Low
Politics of Public Space, Paperback (October 2005)
Focusing on public space, this book includes a consideration of the transnational - in the sense of moving people and transformations in the nation/state - to expand the definition of the 'public' and public space.
Behind the Gates, Paperback (September 2004)
Explores the trend for the upper and middle classes to move into gated communities. It looks at what has sparked this phenomenon and what life is like inside these suburban fortresses.
Anthropology of Space and Place, Paperback (January 2003)
* Assembles key anthropological articles that challenge accepted definitions and ideas of space and place. * Reveals how both the conceptual and material dimensions of space as well as of built forms and landscape characteristics are central to the production of social life.
On the Plaza, Paperback (April 2000)» View all books by Setha M. Low
Explores the interplay of space and culture in the plaza, showing how culture acts to shape public spaces and how the physical form of the plaza encodes the social, political, and economic relations within the city.
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Author Biography - Setha M. Low
Setha Low is Professor of anthropology and environmental psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Theorizing the City (1999), On the Plaza (2000), Place Attachment (1992), Housing, Culture and Society (1989), Cultural Spaces (2001) and Behind the Gates (Routledge, 2003). Neil Smith is Distinguished Professor of Geography and Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Director of CUNY's Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. He is the author of four major books; Uneven Development (1983 and 1991), The New Urban Frontier (Routledge, 1996), American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (2003), which received The Los Angeles Times Book Award for biography in 2003 and the recently published Endgame of Globalization(Routledge, 2004).
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