Publics and the City

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: eBook
  • Copyright: 2008-05-13
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Publics and the City investigates struggles over the making of urban publics, considering how the production, management and regulation of ‘public spaces’ has emerged as a problem for both urban politics and urban theory.

  • Advances a new framework for considering the diverse spatialities of publicness in relation to the city
  • Argues that a city’s contribution to the making of publics goes beyond the provision of places for public gathering
  • Examines a series of detailed case studies
  • Looks at the relationship between urbanism, public spheres, and democracy

Author Biography

Kurt Iveson is Lecturer in Urban Geography at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


1 The Problem with Public Space.

2 Publics and the City.

3 Making a Claim: The Regulation of Protest at Parliament House, Canberra.

4 Cruising: Governing Beat Sex in Melbourne.

5 Making a Name: Writing Graffiti in Sydney.

6 "No Fun. No Hope. Don't Belong." : Re-making "Public Space" in Neo-liberal Perth.

7 Justifying Exclusion: Keeping Men out of the Ladies’ Baths, Sydney.

8 Imagining the Public City: Concluding Reflections.



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