Reason in the City of Difference
Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism
By (author) Gary Bridge
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Reason in the City of Difference by Gary Bridge
Book DescriptionIn the modernist city rationality ruled and subsumed difference in a logic of identity. In the postmodern city, reason is abandoned for an endless play of difference. Reason in the City of Difference poses an alternative to these extremes by drawing on classical American philosophical pragmatism (and its contemporary developments in feminism and the philosophy of communication) to explore the possibilities of a strengthening and deepening of reason in the contemporary city. This is a transactional rationality based on communication, rather than cognition, involving bodies as much as minds, and non-discursive, as well as discursive competences. It is a rationality that emerges out of difference and from within the city, rather than over and above it. Using pragmatist philosophy and a range of suggestive examples of urban scholarship, this fascinating book offers a new, alternative reading of the city.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415287678
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gary Bridge
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New Blackwell Companion to the City, Paperback (August 2013)
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Blackwell City Reader, Paperback (February 2010)
Updated to reflect the most current thinking on urban studies, The Blackwell City Reader , Second Edition features a comprehensive selection of multidisciplinary readings relating to the analysis and experience of global cities.
Gentrification in a Global Context, Paperback (March 2005)» View all books by Gary Bridge
Gentrification, a process of class neighbourhood upgrading, is being identified in a broader range of urban contexts throughout the world. This title throws new light and evidence to bear on a subject that divides commentators on its worth and social costs, given its ability to physically improve areas but also to displace indigenous inhabitants.
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Author Biography - Gary Bridge
Gary Bridge is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Urban Studies, School for Policy Studies University of Bristol. Recent publications include A Companion to the City (Blackwell, 2000) and The Blackwell City Reader (2002), both co-edited with Sophie Watson.
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