Philosophy and Geography II: The Production of Public Space

Philosophy and Geography II: The Production of Public Space

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The future of public space is uncertain. Although public spaces have become increasingly shabby and crowded, novel alternatives have appeared in the form of fantastic, semi-public pleasure grounds, developed by well-heeled, crowd-pleasing entrepreneurs and devoted to profit, consumption, and self-indulgence. Philosophers and geographers have converged on the topic of public space, fascinated and in many ways alarmed by fundamental changes in the way post-industrial societies produce space for public use, and in the way citizens of these same societies perceive and constitute themselves as a public. The contributors to this volume advance this inquiry, making extensive use of political and social theory. Philosophy and Geography II: The Production of Public Space gives readers an enhanced appreciation of the intimate connections between political principles, social processes, and the commonplaces of our everyday environments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461640820
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/18/1997
Series: Philosophy and Geography
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
File size: 919 KB

About the Author

Andrew Light is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Montana. Jonathan M. Smith is associate professor of Geography at Texas A&M University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Illustrations
Chapter 2 Acknowledgements
Chapter 3 Introduction: Geography, Philosophy, and Public Philosophy, and Public Space
Part 4 Symposium on Henri LeFebvre's the Production of Space
Chapter 5 Henri Lefebvre on Abstract Space
Chapter 6 Antinomies of Space and Nature in Henri Lefebvre's The Production of Space
Chapter 7 The Production of Space or The Heterogeneity of Place: A Commentary on Edward Dimendberg and Neil Smith
Part 8 Beyond The Public/Private Dichotomy
Chapter 9 Formal Politics, Meta-Space, and the Construction of Civil Life
Chapter 10 The Stranger on the Green
Chapter 11 Public and Private, Power and Space
Chapter 12 The "Disappearance of Public Space": An Ecological Marxist and Lefebvrian Approach
Part 13 Regional Territories
Chapter 14 Contested Space: The Rural Idyll and Competing Notions of the Good Society in the U.K.
Chapter 15 The Rights of Rights of Way
Chapter 16 The Mediation of the Public Sphere: Ideological Origins, Practical Possibilities
Chapter 17 Representation, Identity, and the Communicative Shaping of Place
Chapter 18 Maps and Entitlement to Territory
Chapter 19 Index

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