Description - Race and Urban Space in American Culture by Liam Kennedy
This volume looks at representations of ethnic and racial identities in relation to the development of urban culture in post-industrialised American cities. The concept of "urban space" organises the detailed illustration of a series of themes which structure chapters on white paranoia and urban decline; memories of urban passage; the racialised underclass; urban crime and justice; and globalisation and citizenship. The book focuses on a range of literary and visual forms including novels, journalism, films (narrative and documentary) and photography to examine the relationship between race and representation in the production of urban space. Texts analysed include writings by Tom Wolfe ("The Bonfire of Vanities"), Toni Morrison ("Jazz"), John Edgar Wildeman ("Philadelphia Fire") and Walter Mosely ("Devil in a Blue Dress"). Films include "Falling Down", "Strange Days", "Hoop Dreams" and "Clockers". This interdisciplinary treatment of urban representation engages contemporary theoretical and sociological debates about race and the city.
Issues of space and spaciality in representations of the city are explored and the author shows how expressive forms of literary and visual representation interact with broader productions of urban space.
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Author Biography - Liam Kennedy
Liam Kennedy is based at University College Dublin and is author of Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion (Manchester University Press) and co-editor (with Maria Balshaw) of Urban Space and Representation (Pluto Press).