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Spaces of Culture
City, Nation, World

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March 1999 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In Spaces of Culture an international group of scholars examines the implications of questions such as: What is culture? What is the relationship between social structure and culture in a globalized and networked world? Do critical perspectives still apply, or does the speed and complexity of cultural production demand new forms of analysis?

They explore the key themes in social theory: the nation state; the city; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial logic of the informational city. The contributors go on to analyze the public sphere, questioning the reductive representation of technology as a form of instrumentality, and demonstrating how new technologies can offer new spaces of culture. This analysis of public space is essential to an understanding of issues like global citizenship and multicultural human rights.

Mike Featherstone and Scott Lash
Introduction
 
PART ONE: TECHNOLOGICAL SPACE
Richard Sennett
Growth and Failure
The New Political Economy and Its Culture  
Timothy W Luke
Simulated Sovereignty, Telematic Territoriality
The Political Economy of Cyberspace  
Saskia Sassen
Digital Networks and Power
 
PART TWO: CULTURAL MAPPING
Michael Dear and Steven Flusty
The Postmodern Urban Condition
Hilary Radner
Roaming the City
Proper Women in Improper Places  
 
PART THREE: REFLEXIVE SPACE
Heidrun Friese and Peter Wagner
Not All That Is Solid Melts into Air
Modernity and Contingency  
Ron Eyerman
Moving Culture
Barbara Adam
Radiated Identities
In Pursuit of the Temporal Complexity of Conceptual Cultural Practices  
 
PART FOUR: CARTOGRAPHIES OF A NATION
Michael J Shapiro
Triumphalist Geographies
G[um]oran Dahl
The Anti-Reflexivist Revolution
On the Affirmationism of the New Right  
 
PART FIVE: TRANSCULTURAL PLACE
Wolfgang Welsch
Transculturality
The Puzzling Form of Cultures Today  
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Towards a Multicultural Conception of Human Rights
Jonathan Friedman
The Hybridization of Roots and the Abhorrence of the Bush
Couze Venn
Narrating the Postcolonial

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