The Material City: Bodies, Minds, and the In-Between (Culture of Cities #7) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 7 in the Culture of Cities series.


Redirecting examinations of the culture of the city away from its customs, art, and amenities to focus on the mental life of modern society, Alan Blum explores the methods cities and their subjects use to find meaning in the context of urban life, in particular the city’s relationships to social change and what has traditionally been identified as justice.The Material City pictures the city as a landscape of diverse clashes over beliefs, a site that exhibits interpretive collisions over globalization, gentrification, innovation, preservation, market value, popular culture, crowds, consumption, urban governance, and different strategies for healing the democratic city’s ever-present conflicts over these concerns. Each chapter uses a problem of urban life to observe and analyze assumptions and values that are typically taken for granted and unspoken, using elements of the philosophy of Plato as well as the work of modern thinkers such as Georg Simmel, Gertrude Stein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, Hannah Arendt, and Jacques Lacan.The Material City translates contested views of everyday life and its management into a deeper reflection on urbanity as a system of desire. The historical and the contemporary metropolis alike are shown to be sites where the enigma of mortality – and its relation to pleasure, comedy, and fate – plays out.

About the Author

Alan Blum is senior professor in sociology, social and political thought, and communication and culture at York University.

Praise For…

"[The Material City] will likely be of greatest interest to students and scholars working in urban sociology and cultural studies and possibly those in philosophy as well. Recommended." Choice

“The Material City is a unique and singular contribution by one of the most original and fertile minds in contemporary sociology. In terms of range and depth, originality and brilliance, his writing on culture generally and on the city in particular, Blum’s work is comparable to that of Georg Simmel.” Kieran Keohane, University College Cork
Product Details
ISBN: 9780228016618
ISBN-10: 0228016614
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2023
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Culture of Cities