Other Cities, Other Worlds Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age

ISBN-10: 0822342715

ISBN-13: 9780822342717

Edition: 2008

Authors: Andreas Huyssen

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Other Cities, Other Worldsbrings together leading scholars of cultural theory, urban studies, art, anthropology, literature, film, architecture, and history to look at non-Western global cities. The contributors focus on urban imaginaries, the way that city dwellers perceive or imagine their own cities. Paying particular attention to the historical and cultural dimensions of urban life, they bring to their essays deep knowledge of the cities they are bound to in their lives and their work. Taken together, these essays allow us to compare metropolises from the so-called periphery and gauge processes of cultural globalization, illuminating the complexities at stake as we try to imagine other cities and other worlds under the spell of globalization.The effects of global processes such as the growth of transnational corporations and investment, the weakening of state sovereignty, increasing poverty, and the privatization of previously public services are described and analyzed in essays by Teresa Caldeira (São Paulo), Beatriz Sarlo (Buenos Aires), Néstor Canclini (Mexico City), Farha Ghannam (Cairo), Gyan Prakash (Mumbai), and Yingjin Zhang (Beijing). Considering Johannesburg, the architect Hilton Judin takes on themes addressed by other contributors as well: the relation between the country and the city, and between racial imaginaries and the fear of urban violence. Rahul Mehrotra writes of the transitory, improvisational nature of the Indian bazaar city, while AbdouMaliq Simone sees a new urbanism of fragmentation and risk emerging in Douala, Cameroon. In a broader comparative frame, Okwui Enwezor reflects on the proliferation of biennales of contemporary art in African, Asian, and Latin American cities, and Ackbar Abbas considers the rise of fake commodity production in China. The volume closes with the novelist Orhan Pamuk's meditation on his native city of Istanbul.Contributors:Ackbar Abbas; Teresa P. R. Caldeira; Néstor García Canclini; Okwui Enwezor; Farha Ghannam; Andreas Huyssen; Hilton Judin; Rahul Mehrotra; Orhan Pamuk; Gyan Prakash; Beatriz Sarlo ; AbdouMaliq Simone; Yingjin Zhang
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Introduction: World Cultures, World Cities
Latin America
Cultural Landscapes: Buenos Aires from Integration to Fracture
From Modernism to Neoliberalism in Sao Paulo: Reconfiguring the City and Its Citizens
Mexico City, 2010: Improvising Globalization
The Last Shall Be First: African Urbanities and the Larger Urban World
Unsettling Johannesburg: The Country in the City
Mega-exhibitions: The Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form
Mumbai: The Modern City in Ruins
Negotiating the Static and Kinetic Cities: The Emergent Urbanism of Mumbai
Remapping Beijing: Polylocality, Globalization, Cinema
Faking Globalization
Middle East
Two Dreams in a Global City: Class and Space in Urban Egypt
Huzun - Melancholy - Tristesse of Istanbul
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