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Cities and Urban Cultures

Deborah Stevenson (Author)
Synopsis "This is the first book to explore cities and urban life from the perspectives of both sociology and cultural theory. Through an interdisciplinary approach and use of case studies, Cities and Urban Cultures demonstrates that the 'real' city of physicality and struggle and the 'imagined' city of representations are entwined in the construction of urban cultures.  

Starting with a comparison of the rural and the urban, it considers ways on imagining the city and of conceptualizing urban cultures. It goes on to investigate the implications of several pivotal urban and cultural trends, such as the use of the arts and local cultures in forging new images for cities and the ways in which modernism, postmodernism and globalization have shaped the built environment and the orientation of academic enquiry. Also examined is the way in which representations of the urban landscape in film, literature, art and popular texts, have informed dominant ideas about the way certain city spaces -- including city centres, urban waterfronts and so--called 'global cities' -- should look, function and 'feel'.

Designed as a text for undergraduate courses in cultural studies, sociology and wider social science, this book traces the development of urban environments from the nineteenth century to the present and illuminates the nature of urban life."
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Bibliographic information

Title Cities and Urban Cultures
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.08.2009
Edition Reprint
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131602907
length xiv+164p.