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Description - The Promise of the City by Kian Tajbakhsh

This text proposes a new theoretical grounding for the study of cities and the people who live and work in them. Finding the contemporary urban scene too complex to be encompassed by Marxian social analysis and other conventional approaches, the author offers a threefold, interdisciplinary approach linking agency, space, and structure. First, he says, urban identities need to e viewed in terms of hybridity, reflecting neither atomistic nor communitarian ideals bur rather a shifting spectrum of cultural and economic influences. Second, the layered, unfinished city spaces we inhabit and within which we create meaning are best represented by the active idea of spacing. and third, the structuring aspect of society yields to the notions of system-lifeworld polarity more readily than to a purely economic paradigm. The author examines these dimensions in the work of three major critical urban theorists of recent decades: Manuel Castells, David Harvey, and Ira Katznelson. He shows why the answers offered by Marxism urban theory to the questions of identity, space, and structure are unsatisfactory and why the perspectives of other intellectual traditions can help us understand the challenge

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520222786
ISBN-10: 0520222784
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kian Tajbakhsh

Kian Tajbakhsh is Assistant Professor in the Urban Policy Analysis Department at the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University.