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- DescriptionGiving Ground is prompted by two phemena whose paradoxical convergence is currently altering our experience and conception of urban relations and city planning. On the one hand, forces of globalisation push towards conditions of homogenisation and deterritorialisation, while, on the other, a surging politics of identity barricades various groups behind particular claims and ignites violent persecutions. The covert relation between these phemena, wherby territory/ground is both disavowed or abstracted and jealously reclaimed, is the focus of the essays in this volume, at the heart of these investigations are the tions of propinquity and neighbourliness whose redefinitions and redeployments serve widely divergent ends: from the fortification of the 'new urbanist' fantasy about the possibility of re-creating small towns, to the validation of the exclusionary tactics of 'sanitization' that guide zoning decisions, to assisting in the reimagination of an ethical and reasonable urbanism. Directed against the contracting limits of tolerance, this volume attempts to reinvent the troubled tion of the 'right to the city'. The individual contributions range from examinations of the crises in specific cities - Jerusalem, New York, and the network of 'global cities' throughout the world - to considerations of specific urban issues, such as the physical instrumentalities by which people a brought into physical proximity and the implementation of 'new urbanist' projects; and reworkings of physical concepts, such as Levina's tion of the face-to-face, Lacan's tion of sublimation, in urbanist terms. Several focus on the relation between cities and sexuality, which figures, for different reasons, as the 'eternal irony' of urbanity.
- Author BiographyJoan Copjec teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of Buffalo - SUNY, wher she is also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. She is the author of Read My Desire: Lacan against the Historicists, and editor of numerous books, including Shades of Noir and the first two volumes of the S series, Supposing the Subject and Radical Evil. Michael Sorkin is principal of Michael Sorkin studio in New York City, and director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He is the author of Exquisite Corpse: Writings on Building; Local Code: The Constitution of a City at 42 Latitude, and Wiggle (a collection of studio projects); he is also editor of Variations on a Theme Park.
- PublisherVerso Books
- Date of Publication13/05/1999
- Series TitleUrban Studies
- Series Part/Volume Number3
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVerso Books
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight597 g
- Width164 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edited byJoan Copjec,Michael Sorkin
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