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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Re-Presenting the City

Ethnicity, Capital and Culture in the Twenty-First Century Metropolis

ISBN 9780333601914
Publication Date January 1996
Formats Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

This interdisciplinary and critical collection of essays examines recent visual, architectural and spatial transformations in New York and other major cities in relation to issues of ethnicity, capital and culture. Innovative and wide-raning, the essays move between interpretative representations of the newly emerging metropolis and the larger theoretical and methodological questions raised by the task of representation itself. Contributors reflect on the construction of both the real and unreal city, the images, metaphors and discourses through which the contemporary city is represented, and the texts which both mediate our experience of, as well as contribute to producing, the city of the future.

Rebuilding the Global City: Economy, Ethnicity and Space; S. Sassen.- Space and Symbols in an Age of Decline; S. Zukin
Return to the Future: Puerto Rican Vernacular Architecture in New York City; J. Sciorra.- After Tompkins Square Park; Degentrification and the Revanchist City; N. Smith.- PART 2: ETHNICITY, CAPITAL AND CULTURE: WRITING THE CITY IN AFRICA AND SOUTH ASIA
Bypassing New York in Representing Eko: Production of Space in a Nigerian City; N. Nzegwu.- Exploring Colombo: The Relevance of a Knowledge of New York; N. Perera.- Mombasa: Three Stages Towards Globalization; A. Mazrui.- PART 3: URBAN CON-TEXTS: READING AND WRITING THE CITY
The City Which is Not one; J. Tagg.- Analytic Borderlands: Race, Gender, and Representation in the New City; S. Sassen.- Silent Itineraries: Making Places in Architectural History; G. Crysler
A Guide to Urban Representation and What to Do About It: Alternative Traditions of Urban Theory; R. Shields.- Me(trope)olis: Or Hayden White Among the Urbanists; J.S. Duncan.


The collection serves as a useful introduction...but is also a quite brilliant example of the very same variety and richness found in its subject...King himself is one of the few scholars who can move easily within and between the different disciplines of urban planning, architecture, art history, geography, sociology, political science and philosophy.' - Development and Change
'This is not a book which is about definitive answers to urban questions. It is more about opening up debates and agendas, of drawing upon different images and ways of viewing the city...it is a book which encourages engagement and debate.' - Housing Studies
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