Giving Ground: The Politics Of Propinquity
  • Giving Ground: The Politics Of Propinquity
  • Giving Ground: The Politics Of Propinquity
ISBN: 1859841341
EAN13: 9781859841341
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 17, 1999
Pages: 312
Dimensions: 0.85" H x 9.13" L x 6.16" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Giving Ground is prompted by two phenomena 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 phenomena, 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 notions 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 notion 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 Read More chevron_right

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A book is hard to get into. It was somewhat pretentious. It's better to read The Poetics of Space. I expected better from Sorkin.