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Description - Reason in the City of Difference by Gary Bridge

Contemporary discourse emphasizes the irrational, unconscious, discursive and displaced experiences of city life. Discussion of conscious agency is minimal and is often confined to small acts of resistance. "Reason in the City of Difference" aims to re-establish a strong notion of conscious agency in our understanding of urban life. Through philosophical and empirical exploration, the book examines how the city has been shaped by reason - through the technical rationality of urban planning and through the profound social and spatial effects of economic rationality. It argues that we get a view of the oppressiveness of cities from a preoccupation with the effects of narrow instrumental rationality. If we see rationality in a wider context, as cultural and expressive, then the city has emancipatory potential through its diversity. Using a range of empirical examples and drawing particularly on pragmatist ideas of 'experience' and rationality, "Reason in the City of Difference "offers a new, alternative reading of the city.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415287678
ISBN-10: 0415287677
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
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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