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In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780415287678
ISBN-10: 0415287677
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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