Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - City of Flows by Maria Kaika

City and nature are typically perceived as opposites: cities are manufactured social creations, while nature is the opposite of artificial - outside the realm of the social except when extracted or otherwise worked upon by humans. In City of Flows , Maria Kaika, a tenured geographer at Oxford, argues against this perception through a novel theoretical investigation of the tight interrelationship between the modern city and nature. She looks at water, at once the most "natural" of elements and one that is available to virtually all city dwellers in the Western world through an incredibly complex system of pipes, taps, water towers, and aqueducts. Through an historical geography of water in the modern city, Kaika shows that nature and the modern city are fully intertwined, with cities integrating nature into the most mundane activities and at every level. She delves into the vast infrastructure of water, looking at how it circulates outward from nature into all facets of urban social life and dissolves any sense of a geographical divide between nature and the social. In the process, she considers how the different ways of harnessing water for the city have corresponded to different epochs in modern Western history.

Buy City of Flows by Maria Kaika from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780415947169
ISBN-10: 0415947162
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - City of Flows by Maria Kaika

Book Reviews - City of Flows by Maria Kaika

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about City of Flows book by Maria Kaika and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Maria Kaika

Maria Kaika is a tenured geography professor at Oxford University. She has written many articles and is very well regarded in the field.