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The Emancipatory City?
Paradoxes and Possibilities

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August 2004 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The Emancipatory City is a wonderful addition to a growing literature on the public culture of the city. In these spaces, tolerance and intolerance, difference and indifference, transgressions, resistances, and playful spontaneity erupt to give texture to urban life. The book broadens our gaze and deepens our understanding of how cities enable people to express themselves and be free' - Robert A Beauregard, New School University, New York

Who are cities for? What kinds of societies might they most democratically embody? And, how can cities be emancipatory sites?

The ambivalent status of urban space in terms of emancipation, democratisation, justice and citizenship is central to recent work in urban geography, `new' cultural geography, critical geography and postmodern planning, as well as literature on urban social justice, public space and the politics of identity.

Seeking alternative and progressive visions of the emancipatory city through an exploration of the tensions and possibilities between the freedoms and constraints offered by the city, the authors of The Emancipatory City? build on this wealth of current perspectives to present an critical analysis of urban experience.

Loretta Lees
The Emancipatory City
Urban (Re)Visions  
 
PART ONE: CITIES OF (IN)DIFFERENCE
Susan Ruddick
Domesticating Monsters
Cartographies of Difference and the Emancipatory City  
Nicholas Fyfe
Zero Tolerance, Maximum Surveillance? Deviance, Difference and Crime Control in the Late Modern City
Les Back and Michael Keith
Impurity and the Emancipatory City
Young People, Community Safety and Racial Danger  
James DeFilippis and Peter North
The Emancipatory Community? Place, Politics and Collective Action in Cities
 
PART TWO: EMANCIPATORY PRACTICES
Gavin Brown
Sites of Public (Homo)Sex and the Carnivalesque Spaces of Reclaim the Streets
David Pinder
Inventing New Games
Unitary Urbanism and the Politics of Space  
Gary Bridge
Everyday Rationality and the Emancipatory City
Quentin Stevens
Urban Escapades
Play in Melbourne's Public Spaces  
 
PART THREE: UTOPIC TRAJECTORIES
Jennifer Robinson
The Urban Basis of Emancipation
Spatial Theory and the City in South African Politics  
Matthew Gandy
Water, Modernity and Emancipatory Urbanism
Geraldine Pratt and Rose Marie San Juan
In Search of the Horizon
Utopia in The Truman Show and The Matrix  
Steve Pile
Ghosts and the City of Hope
 
REFLECTIONS
Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift
The `Emancipatory' City?
David Harvey
The Right to the City

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