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Reason in the City of Difference: Pragmatism, Communicative Action, and Contemporary Urbanism

Опубликовано на портале: 24-11-2006
Изд-во: Routledge, 2005, 178 с.
Contemporary discourse emphasizes the irrational, unconscious, discursive and displace 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 re-establishes 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 the Reason in the City of Difference offers a new, alternative reading of the city.

1: Reason in the City of Difference
2: On the Body
3: On the Street
4: In the Community
5: In the Public Realm
6: At Work and Home in the Urban Economy
7: In City Hall
8: Cosmopolitan Reason and the Global City