The cultures of cities / Sharon Zukin.

by Zukin, SharonLooking glass.

Publisher: Oxford : Blackwell, 1995.Description: 322 pages : illustrations ; 23cm.ISBN: 1557864365; 1557864373.Subject(s): Cities and townsLooking glass | City and town lifeLooking glass | Sociology, UrbanLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-311) and index.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-311) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • 1 Whose Culture? Whose City?
  • 2 Learning From Disney World
  • 3 A Museum In The Bershires.with
  • 4 High Culture and Wild Commerce in New York City
  • 5 Artists And Immigrants In New York City Restaurants with
  • 6 While The City Shops
  • 7 The Mystique Of Public Culture
  • References
  • Index

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CHOICE Review

These interconnected essays, journalistic and autobiographical in tone, discuss diverse cultural processes now transforming contemporary metropoles and their public spaces. Despite the broad title, "city" refers primarily to the experience of Manhattan and other boroughs of New York City in the 1990s, with side expeditions to Disneyland (which Zukin examined in her Landscapes of Power, CH, Mar'92), the attempted Guggenheim museum extension in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the author's childhood memories of North Philadelphia (juxtaposed with her reading of memoirs of Walter Benjamin and others). "Cultures" are taken as material commodities in a uniquely urbane and complex symbolic economy discussed through observations of everyday experiences of tourism, entertainment, architecture, parks, art spaces, restaurants, and shopping, all copiously illustrated. Immigrants and disfranchised people appear as features of this diversity, although their own experiences and values of city life are scarcely developed. Instead, the infringements of corporate power and state manipulation more generally take center stage in the author's visions of contemporary urban problems. The whole is deeply embedded in discourses of space and power associated with Mike Davis and Michael Sorkin, developing themes of Zukin's previous works via a more informal voice and method. Upper-division undergraduates and above.

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