9780761944751

City Life

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  • ISBN13:

    9780761944751

  • ISBN10:

    0761944753

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-15
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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Summary

Cities are more important as cultural entities than their mere function as dormitories and industrial sites. Yet, the understanding of what makes a city 'alive' and appealing in cultural terms is still hotly contested - why are some cities so much more interesting, popular and successful than others?In this engaging discussion in the text City Life, Adrian Franklin takes the reader on a tour of contemporary western cities exploring their historical development and arguing that it is the transformative, ritual and performative qualities of successful cities that makes a difference.Emphasizing the importance of experience, the book represents the fluid complexity of the city as a living space, an environment and a posthumanist space of transformation. It will be of interest to all those engaging with the difficulties of urban life in sociology, human geography, tourism and cultural studies departments.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Becoming Cities
The Traditional City
The Machinic City
The Solid Modern City I
The Solid Modern City II
The Dysfunctional City?
Making City Life
The Ecological City
City Lifestyle
Cities of Spectacle and Carnival
City Natures
Rites de Renaissance
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