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Category Archives: Cities & urbanism

Sound Space and the City

Peterson, Marina. 2010. Sound, Space, and the City. Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia: University of Pennsylvannia Press. Reviewed by Catherine Scheelar, University of Alberta. In Sound, Space, and the City, anthropologist Marina Peterson explores the process of center-making in Los Angeles through multicultural performance in public space. Positing her work as an ‘anthropology of the center’, of the […]

Book Review: Urban Assemblages: How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies

Ignacio Farías and Thomas Bender (eds.) Urban Assemblages: How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies. 2010. London: Routledge. 352 pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-48662-0 Reviewed by Andrew Karvonen, Manchester Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester (UK) In past three decades, actor-network theory (ANT) has infiltrated a wide range of theories, methods, and empirical studies throughout the social sciences […]

Book Review: Rethinking the Informal City

Hernandez, F., Kellett, P. and Allan, L. (eds.) Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives from Latin America. 2010. Oxford: Berghahn Books. 240 pp. ISBN 978-1-84545-582-8 Reviewed by Melanie Lombard, Global Urban Research Centre, University of Manchester (UK) [cc image credit: eflon] The authors of this edited volume make a worthwhile and timely contribution to the […]

Climate Change and the Urban Future

At Cancun this week , where delegates are discussing the 16th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) demanded that the focus on states be shifted toward a stress on peoples and a more local and specific vision of climate impacts. Kirt Ejesiak, Vice President of ICC Canada, voiced the […]

Lively/Lived Space: Salzburg and L’vivly Space

Eastern Europe’s cities are an education in different regimes of public space. Within the spatialisation Lefebvre describes as modernist, rationalized ‘Abstract Space’ public areas of cities are reduced to their function, utility and managed in terms of maximizing value within an overarching vision of land as a commodity to be bought and sold. Although utility […]