Public Realm Exploring the City's Quintessential Social Territory

ISBN-10: 0202306089

ISBN-13: 9780202306087

Edition: 1998

Authors: Lyn H. Lofland, Lyn Lofland

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This book is about the “public realm,” defined as a particular kind of social territory that is found almost exclusively in large settlements. This particular form of social-psychological space comes into being whenever a piece of actual physical space is dominated by relationships between and among persons who are strangers to one another, as often occurs in urban bars, buses, plazas, parks, coffee houses, streets, and so forth. The Public Realm explores the social life that occurs in such social-psychological spaces and the forces that threaten it. Choice noted that, “The author’s writing style is unusually accessible, and the often fascinating narrative is generously supported by well-chosen photos.”
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication date: 12/31/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 305
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Lyn Loffland is an American sociologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of California at San Francisco. She worked as a social worker early in her professional career and later taught sociology at the University of California at Davis. She is best known for her work on the study of human relations in urban society. Her now classic study, "A World of Strangers" (1973), stressed the importance of spatial arrangements for human communication and interaction in cities.

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