The empty place : democracy and public space / Teresa Hoskyns.

by Hoskyns, TeresaLooking glass.

Series: Routledge research in planning and urban design: Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, 2014.Description: 214 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0415724376; 9780415724371.Subject(s): DemocracyLooking glass | Political science -- PhilosophyLooking glass | Public spacesLooking glass | Spatial behaviorLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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In The Empty Place: Democracy and Public Space Teresa Hoskyns explores the relationship of public space to democracy by relating different theories of democracy in political philosophy to spatial theory and spatial and political practice. 

Establishing the theoretical basis for the study of public space, Hoskyns examines the rise of representative democracy and investigates contemporary theories for the future of democracy, focusing on the Chantal Mouffe's agonistic model and the civil society model of Jürgen Habermas. She argues that these models of participatory democracy can co-exist and are necessarily spatial.

The book then provides diverse perspectives on how the role of physical public space is articulated through three modes of participatory spatial practice. The first focuses on issues of participation in architectural practice through a set of projects exploring the 'open spaces' of a postwar housing estate in Euston. The second examines the role of space in the construction of democratic identity through a feminist architecture/art collective, producing space through writing, performance and events. The third explores participatory political democratic practice through social forums at global, European and city levels. Hoskyns concludes that participatory democracy requires a conception of public space as the empty place, allowing different models and practices of democracy to co-exist.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of figures (p. vi)
  • Acknowledgements (p. vii)
  • Introduction: democracy and public space - theory and practice (p. 1)
  • Part I Theorising democracy as a spatial practice (p. 17)
  • 1 Ancient Greece and the tri-partite model of democracy (p. 19)
  • 2 From politics to the political: democracy as a spatial practice (p. 30)
  • 3 Dis-locations of democracy: democracy and public space (p. 57)
  • 4 The production of democratic public space (p. 74)
  • PartII Participatory spatial practices: architectural, feminist and participatory democracy (p. 93)
  • 5 From antagonism to agonism on Regent's Park Estate (p. 95)
  • 6 Feminists taking the empty place: the construction of political identity (p. 113)
  • 7 Social forums and the spaces of participatory democracy (p. 134)
  • Conclusion: the empty place (p. 175)
  • Appendix A World Charter for the Right to the city (p. 182)
  • Appendix B World Social Forum - Charter of Principles (p. 196)
  • Bibliography (p. 199)
  • Index (p. 208)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Teresa Hoskyns is a visiting lecturer at Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK.

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