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xxv, 322 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction: Urban Visions, Challenges, and Outcomes: The Dynamic Face of Singapore's Urban Landscape-- Paradigms, Policies & Processes: The Early Years of Nation-Building: Reflections on Singapore's Urban History-- Economic Planning for Urban Growth and Prosperity-- Unpacking the Planner's Toolkit: The Theory and Practice of Singapore's Urban Planning Framework-- The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts: Methods and Models: Singapore's Integrated Systems Approach to Urban Development-- Housing: Policy-Making, Town Building, and Neighbourhood Planning-- Transportation: Mobility, Accessibility, and Connectivity-- Industry: Infrastructure and Land Use Planning for Economic Development, Enterprise, and Innovation-- Parks: From Garden City to City in a Garden-- Tourism: The City as Image, Experience, and Destination-- Urban Design: Place-Making and the Public Space Network-- Urban Complexities & Creative Solutions: Culture and Heritage: Locating and Retaining Connections with the Past in a Developmental City-State-- Society and Space: Planning for/with Urban Diversity in a Cosmopolitan City-- Urban Sustainability: Designing the City for High-Density Living and Environmental Sustainability-- Era of Globalization: Singapore's New Urban Economy and the Rise of a World Asian City-- Conversations & Perspectives: On the Future of Urban Planning and City-Making in Singapore--.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789814656467 20170123
50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanization. Organized into three parts, the first section of the volume, 'Paradigms, Policies, and Processes', provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore; the second section, 'The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts', delves into the key land use sectors of Singapore's urban planning system; and the third section, 'Urban Complexities and Creative Solutions', examines the challenges and considerations of planning for the Singapore of tomorrow. The volume brings together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and academics in the professional and research fields of planning, architecture, urbanism, and city-making.
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xii, 130 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Constructing global Amman
  • Negotiating identity in contemporary megaprojects
  • Findings and conclusion.
Gulf capital flows to Amman, Jordan, in the early twenty-first century and the investment of this capital in large-sale urban developments have significantly transformed the city's built environment. Therefore, to understand urban transformation in Amman during this period it is important to analyse it against the backdrop of Gulf capital and its integration into Jordan's economy and the integration of both the country's economy and Gulf capital into the global capitalist economy. This book analyses three cases of megaprojects planned for the city in the early twenty-first century: The New Downtown (Abdali), Jordan Gate, and Sanaya Amman. Drawing upon theories on urban development and capitalism, identity, and discourse, and urban development processes and cases in other cities, the book investigates how contemporary megaprojects in Amman fit into the capitalist economy and its modes of production, how capital flows construct a modern image of the city, and how the new image and megaprojects represent the city residents as modern and create Amman as a global city. This book presents a new approach to the study of the urban built environment in Amman, providing a valuable interdisciplinary contribution to the scholarly work on globalizing cities, especially in the Middle East.
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xiv, 208 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Foreword (Graeme Gilloch), Preface, Introduction: Specters of the City and the Task of Critique, Part I: Phantasmagoria, Modernity, and the City, 1. Urban Modernity and the Politics of Historical Memory, 2. Specters and Fetishism, 3. Phantasmagoria and Gesamtkunstwerk, Excursus I: The Specters of Baron Haussmann, Part II: Media, Technology, and Modern Experience, 4. Walter Benjamin and Media Theory, 5. From Aisthesis to Anaesthetics, 6. Poverty of Experience and the Architecture of City, Part III: Spectacle and Phantasmagoria, 7. The Ghosts of Guy Debord, 8. Spectacle Critique and Architectural Theory, 9. From Spectacle to Phantasmagoria, Excursus II: The Architecture of Phantasmagoria, Part IV: The Architecture of Phantasmagoria and the Contemporary City, 10. Virtual Technology, Apparatus, and Anaesthetics, 11. The Phantoms of Architectural Theory, 12. The City as Phantasmagoria of the World Interior, Epilogue: Specters of the city and the Critique of Ideology, Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138900776 20170213
In a time of mass-mediated modernity, the city becomes, almost by definition, a constitutively 'mediated' city. Today, more than ever before, the omnipresence of media in every sphere of culture is creating a new urban ontology, saturating, fracturing, and exacerbating the manifold experience of city life. The authors describe this condition as one of 'hyper-mediation' - a qualitatively new phase in the city's historical evolution. The concept of phantasmagoria has pride of place in their study; using it as an all-embracing explanatory framework, they explore its meanings as a critical category to understand the culture, and the architecture, of the contemporary city. Andreotti and Lahiji argue that any account of architecture that does not include understanding the role and function of media and its impact on the city in the present 'tele-technological-capitalist' society is fundamentally flawed and incomplete. Their approach moves from Walter Benjamin, through the concepts of phantasmagoria and of media - as theorized also by Theodor Adorno, Siegfried Kracauer, and a new generation of contemporary critics - towards a new socio-critical and aesthetic analysis of the mediated space of the contemporary city.
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  • 1. Introduction 2. Class Analysis in Comparative Perspective 3. Social Identity of the Middle Class 4. Between the State and the Market 5. Middle Class Attitude towards Socio-Political Affairs 6. Nationalism among the Middle Class 7. Viewing Those Below: The Marginalised Social Groups 8. Being Middle Class in the Middle Kingdom.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138187689 20170327
Many studies of the Chinese middle class focus on defining it and viewing its significance for economic development and its potential for sociopolitical modernisation. This book goes beyond such objective approaches and considers middle class people's subjective understanding and diverse experiences of class. Based on extensive original research including social surveys and detailed interviews, the book explores who the middle class think they are, what they think about a wide range of socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues, and why they think as they do. It examines attitudes towards the welfare state, social inequality, nationalism, relations with foreign countries and opinions on many social controversies, thereby portraying middle class people as more than simply luxury consumers and potential agents of democracy. The book concludes that a clear class identity and political consciousness have yet to emerge, but that middle class attitudes are best characterised as searching for a balance between old and new, the traditional and the foreign, the principled and the pragmatic.
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229 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm
  • Le débat d'idées sur l'existence de la bourgeoisie -- Les critères internes définissant les différentes bourgeoisies -- Les principaux traits d'appartenance à la bourgeoisie -- Le classement socioprofessionnel et les subdivisions de la bourgeoisie -- Le poids de la bourgeoisie en milieu urbain et en milieu rural -- Le poids de la bourgeoisie en Martinique en milieu urbain -- Le poids indéniable de la bourgeoisie rurale -- La composition des patrimoines bourgeois -- Quatre sources de l'approche du patrimoine -- La diversité des apports -- Patrimoines bourgeois dans les contrats de mariage -- L'habitat bourgeois en milieu urbain -- Mixité ou ségrégation résidentielle ? -- Propriétaire ou locataire de son lieu d'habitation -- La maison bourgeoise : les matériaux de construction et les types d'habitations -- L'intimité de la maison bourgeoise -- L'habitat bourgeois à la campagne -- L'investissement bourgeois en milieu rural -- La maison bourgeoise en milieu rural : matériaux de construction et agencement -- Le confort de la maison bourgeoise à la campagne -- La famille bourgeoise martiniquaise -- Un mariage de raison plus que d'inclination ? -- Familles bourgeoises, constitution de sociabilités professionnelles et de parentés -- La solidité des liens familiaux -- L'éducation et la formation du bourgeois -- Les différents niveaux d'instruction -- La maîtrise des savoirs de base : la pratique de la lecture, de l'écriture et du calcul -- Des exemples de parcours éducatifs réussis au sein de la bourgeoisie de couleur : Janvier Liftée et les frères Clavier -- L'instruction des milieux bourgeois progresse : l'accession à un enseignement universitaire en France et la croissance du nombre de médecins originaires de l'île -- Le train de vie du bourgeois -- La possession d'un cellier : une dépense de la grande bourgeoisie -- Vêtements et bijoux : sobriété ou art du paraître ? -- La religion et la culture du bourgeois -- La bourgeoisie martiniquaise : ferveur ou désaffection religieuse ? -- La culture du bourgeois : un rôle à minima du livre, de la peinture et des arts ?
"Peut-on parler de bourgeoisie en Martinique entre 1802 et 1852 ? Quelles sont les différentes caractéristiques de cette catégorie sociale en Martinique qui s'impose dans le jeu politique et économique de la colonie depuis le XVIIIe siècle ? Ainsi que l'a signalé l'un des travaux de nos prédécesseurs, "la bourgeoisie constitue les fondements de la société du XIXe siècle et affirme le triomphe des valeurs qui perdurent encore aujourd'hui". L'ouvrage tente de dresser un tableau représentatif de cette population aux multiples facettes et en constante évolution au XIXe siècle. Grâce à l'abord du grand propriétaire d'habitation sucrerie, du négociant, du marchand, de l'artisan tenant boutique, du propriétaire de maisons et d'esclaves, du rentier, du "sans profession" et de ceux et celles qui n'avaient pas de profession dans les minutes, fut défini la notion de bourgeoisie qui se veut urbaine et rurale. Cette "classe moyenne" existe en dépit des formes plurielles qu'elle peut prendre. Instruction, éducation, formes de sociabilité, représentations, valeurs, mode et cadre de vie, mis en lumière, ont permis de brosser l'ébauche du portrait des bourgeois en Martinique dans la première moitié du XIXe siècle et de mieux appréhender la société coloniale."--Page 4 of cover.
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320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 23 cm.
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xx, 317 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Foreword (Blair Ruble), 1. History and Typology of Capital Cities, 2. Capital Cities Relocation Experience, 3. Capital City Relocations in World Regions, 4. Strategies of Capital City Relocations and their Critics, 5. Methods of Analysis and the Criteria of Effective Capital Cities, Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138837775 20170130
The issue of capital city relocation is a topic of debate for more than forty countries across the world. In this first book to discuss the issue, Vadim Rossman offers an in-depth analysis of the subject, highlighting the global trends and the key factors that motivate different countries to consider such projects, analyzing the outcomes and drawing lessons from recent capital city transfers worldwide for governments and policy-makers. Capital Cities studies the approaches and the methodologies that inform such decisions and debates. Special attention is given to the study of the universal patterns of relocation and patterns specific to particular continents and mega-regions and particular political regimes. The study emphasizes the role of capital city transfers in the context of nation- and state-building and offers a new framework for thinking about capital cities, identifying six strategies that drive these decisions, representing the economic, political, geographic, cultural and security considerations. Confronting the popular hyper-critical attitudes towards new designed capital cities, Vadim Rossman shows the complex motives that underlie the proposals and the important role that new capitals might play in conflict resolution in the context of ethnic, religious and regional rivalries and federalist transformations of the state, and is seeking to identify the success and failure factors and more efficient implementation strategies. Drawing upon the insights from spatial economics, comparative federalist studies, urban planning and architectural criticism, the book also traces the evolution of the concept of the capital city, showing that the design, iconography and the location of the capital city play a critical role in the success and the viability of the state.
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8. The caste struggle [2008]

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How can a society built entirely around the principle of inequality become democratic? India has implemented a policy of affirmative action for the members of the lower or 'untouchable' caste, who represent more than half of the population: those who meet the policy's requirements will be employed as civil servants. This film documents the results of this controversial policy, a legislative attempt to bring social and political change to India.
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xvi, 278 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction ZHONG Yongnian, ZHAO Litao, and Sarah Y TONG Part I Development Policies and Industrial Development 1. Urbanization as a new engine for future growth Shantong Li, Jianwu He, Sanmang Wu, Huanxiang Li, and Fujia Li 2. Urbanization and urban-rural consumption divide Li Chunling Part II Social development in China's urbanization 3. Making housing affordable in an urbanizing China Li Bingqin, 4. Re-assessing informal migration and urbanization in China Zhao Min and Chen Chen 5. Social programs for urban working class in China: unemployment insurance and minimum livelihood guarantee scheme Qian Jiwei Part III Land and rural development 6. The issue of land in China's transition and urbanization Tao Ran 7. Urbanization and emerging urban land use patterns Ding Chengri and Yi Niu 8. Rural land consolidation in China Zhong Sheng, 9. Rural migration and rural development Zhang Li, Li Wei, and Cu Su 10. Why is a free and competitive land market indispensable for China to resolve the rural-urban duality through endogenous urbanization? James G Wen Part IV Urban planning and governance 11. Assessing China's Shantytown regeneration program ZHOU Zhihua 12. Exploring the vision and strategy of intelligent cities in China Xu Qingrui, Wu Zhiyan, and Siyu Liu 13. Awakening environment consciousness challenging municipal governance Chen Gang.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138943315 20170306
China's extraordinary economic boom since the late 1970s has been accompanied by massive urbanization, with the proportion of the population living in cities rising from 18% in 1978 to 54% in 2014. Currently the Chinese government has amongst its objectives the target to increase this to 60% by 2020, and also to improve the quality of China's cities. This book examines a wide range of issues connected to China's urbanization. It considers the many problems which have come with rapid urbanization, including urban housing problems, difficulties affecting rural migrants in urban areas, and a lack of social protection. It examines areas of current reform, including land reform, shanty town renewal and moves to address environmental problems. It explores governance issues, and throughout assesses how urbanization in China is likely to develop in future.
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xv, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Cities and solidarities : urban communities in medieval and early modern Europe / Justin Colson and Arie van Steensel
  • Making the citizen, building the citizenry : family and citizenship in fifteenth-century Barcelona / Carolina Obradors-Suazo
  • Gladman's procession and communal identity in Norwich, 1425-1452 / Derek M. Crosby
  • Mapping urban communities : a comparative topography of neighbourhoods in Bologna and Strasbourg in the late Middle Ages / Colin Arnaud
  • Conflict, community, and the law : guarantors and social networks in dispute resolution in early modern Saxony / John Jordan
  • The poor of medieval Zagreb between solidarity, marginalisation and integration / Suzana Miljan and Bruno Skreblin
  • Poor boxes, guild ethic and urban community building in Brabant, c. 1250-1600 / Hadewijch Masure
  • Who's who in late medieval Brussels? / Bram Vannieuwenhuyze
  • A cursus for craftsmen? : career-cycles of the worsted weavers of late-medieval Norwich / Dana Durkee
  • Wage labour, wealth, and the power of a database : unlocking communities of work outside urban guilds in Newcastle upon Tyne / Andy Burn
  • Urban communities and their burghers in the Kingdom of Hungary (1750-1850) : the possibilities databases offer for historical analysis / Árpád Tóth, Gábor Czoch and István Németh
  • Speech and sociability : the regulation of language in the livery companies of early modern London / Jennifer Bishop
  • The physician's marzipan : communities at their intersections in Basel around 1600 / Sarah-Maria Schober
  • "Scientific" instruments and networks of craft and commerce in early modern London / Alexi Baker.
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xxii, 187 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
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x, 213 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction 1. Emergences 2. Extensions 3. Continuities 4. Diffusions 5. Variations Conclusion: Living in the age of ambivalence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745689661 20170321
In what ways are cities central to the evolution of contemporary global capitalism? And in what ways is global capitalism forged by the urban experience? This book provides a response to these questions, exploring the multifaceted dimensions of the city-capitalism nexus. Drawing on a wide range of conceptual approaches, including political economy, neo-institutionalism and radical political theory, this insightful book examines the complex relationships between contemporary capitalist cities and key forces of our times, such as globalization and neoliberalism. Taking a truly global perspective, Ugo Rossi offers a comparative analysis of the ways in which urban economies and societies reflect and at the same time act as engines of global capitalism. Ultimately, this book shows how over the past three decades capitalism has shifted a gear no longer merely incorporating key aspects of society into its system, but encompassing everything, including life itself and illustrates how cities play a central role within this life-oriented construction of global capitalism.
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136 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
  • 1. Introduction: Class-Why and How? 1.1. From Singapore to Sweden 1.2. The world after die Wende 1.3. Class-some fundamental distinctions 1.4. Class is dead, long live class 1.5. Feminist critiques 1.6. The cultural turn 1.7. The purpose of this books References 2. Construction: The Grand Narrative of Class 2.1. The etymology of class 2.2. Class as conflict 2.3. Who were Marx and Engels? 2.4. The development of capitalist society 2.5. Historical materialism 2.6. Marxism after Marx 2.7. Class as situation 2.8. Who was Weber? 2.9. Class types 2.10. Class rather than status 2.11. Weberianism after Weber 2.12. Class and hegemony 2.13. Class and structuralism 2.14. Class just happens 2.15. Quantifying class 2.16. Feminist critiques of Marxism 2.17. Engels and Marxist feminism 2.18. Socialist radical feminism 2.19. Anti-racist class analysis and class critiques 2.20. The Birmingham School 2.21. The whiteness of the working class Summary References 3. Deconstruction: The Class Narrative Dismantled 3.1. Postmodern life 3.2. A postmodern working class 3.3. Postmodern critiques from the left or the right? 3.4. Jean-Francois Lyotard and postmodernism as narrative critique 3.5. Jean Baudrillard and the end of society and politics 3.6. Zygmunt Bauman and postmodernism as a state of mind 3.7. Once upon a time classes existed, and they mattered ... 3.8. Beyond left and right? Summary References 4. Reconstruction: New Narratives About Class 4.1. Who were the workers? 4.2. The languages of class 4.3. Gareth Stedman Jones and the challenges of working-class history 4.4. Joan W. Scott and post-structuralist feminism 4.5. Patrick Joyce, postmodernism, and the crisis of social history 4.6. Post-Marxism 4.7. Class positions and forms of capital 4.8. Pierre Bourdieu's theory of class 4.9. Beverley Skeggs's feminist analysis of Bourdieu Summary References 5 Conclusions: Class Analysis, Past and Future 5.1. Class as classification, or, where to start 5.2. Class, a question of recognition and redistribution References Appendix: Dictionary definitions of class Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138886834 20161205
There is hardly any discussion of class that does not in some way relate to the theories of Marx and Weber. So profound was the impact of their ideas, that their writings are often perceived as the only original and most reliable interpretations of class society. But Marx and Weber were neither the first, nor last, to talk about class and they did so based on the specific conditions prevalent in their own communities. 'Class' explains this complex field using cultural, sociological and feminist perspectives. It deepens our understanding of the problems of class and uses illuminating examples from media, popular culture and literature that explain current class analysis. 'Class' is an 'elegant, lucid comprehensive introduction' that broadens our understanding of the concept and the immense power that it exerts by way of in- and exclusions.
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242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction Chapter 1. Chronotopes of Hope Chapter 2. Genoa's Magic Circle Chapter 3. Gentrification Without Teleologies Chapter 4. Cultural Bricoleuses Chapter 5. Touring the Hidden City Chapter 6. Utopia with No Guarantees Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780812248784 20170227
In the 1970s, the city of Genoa in northern Italy was suffering the economic decline and the despondency common to industrial centers of the Western world at that time. Deindustrialization made Genoa a bleak, dangerous, angry city, where the unemployment rate rose alongside increasing political violence and crime and led to a massive population loss as residents fled to find jobs and a safer life elsewhere. But by the 1990s a revitalization was under way. Many Genoese came to believe their city was poised for a renaissance as a cultural tourism destination and again began to appreciate the sensory, aesthetic, and cultural facets of Genoa, refining practices of a cultured urbanity that had long been missing. Some of those people-educated, middle class-seeking to escape intellectual unemployment, transformed urbanity into a source of income, becoming purveyors of symbolic goods and cultural services, as walking tour guides, street antiques dealers, artisans, festival organizers, small business owners, and more, thereby burnishing Genoa's image as a city of culture and contributing to its continued revival. Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research, Creative Urbanity argues for an understanding of contemporary cities through an analysis of urban life that refuses the prevailing scholarly condemnation of urban lifestyles and consumption, even as it casts a fresh light on a social group often neglected by anthropologists. The creative urbanites profiled by Emanuela Guano are members of a struggling middle class who, unwilling or unable to leave Genoa, are attempting to come to terms with the loss of stable white-collar jobs that accompanied the economic and demographic crisis that began in the 1970s by finding creative ways to make do with whatever they have.
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  • Acknowledgments Preface Abdul Karim Bangura Chapter 1: Communications Media Onimi Wilcox Chapter 2: Cuisine Kimberly Harper and Jarrett Harper Chapter 3: Environment Christine W. Mathenge Chapter 4: Geography Iheanyichukwu N. Osondu Chapter 5: Geopolitics Ngozi Caleb Kamalu Chapter 6: Labor and Work Force Development Nichelle S. Williams Chapter 7: Languages Abdul Karim Bangura Chapter 8: Literature Abdul Karim Bangura Chapter 9: Mathematics Abdul Karim Bangura Chapter 10: Music Luqman M. Abdullah Chapter 11: Narrativity Mario D. Fenyo Chapter 12: Religion Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe Chapter 13: Reverse Migration and State Formation in West Africa Peter A. Dumbuya. Chapter 14: Socio-economic-political Structure of East Africa Theodora O. Ayot Chapter 15: Sociology Junior Hopwood Chapter 16: Technology Dorothy N. Ucheaga Oluwagbemi-Jacob About the Authors.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780761868347 20170123
This book contributes to the debate over the culpability of the Trans-Atlantic Slave from various disciplinary perspectives. The general thesis that undergirds the book is that by knowing who was predisposed to benefit the most from the trade and why, prompting them to initiate it, appropriate culpability can be assigned. This approach also allowed for a more in-depth analysis of the issue from many disciplines, making it the first of its kind. For the sake of cohesion and coherence, some of the major questions addressed by every chapter are quite similar, albeit authors were encouraged to fine-tune and add to these questions to meet their disciplinary requirements. By emphasizing the why in some of the questions, a qualitative explanatory case study approach was utilized. Both primary and secondary data sources were also used for each chapter to offer a cogent analysis and new information on the topic.
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  • Introduction: A Libertine Nobility Chapter 1: Refinement and the Court Nobility Chapter 2: A Libertine Nobility Chapter 3: The Liberated Sodomite Chapter 4: Institutionalizing Adultery Chapter 5: Marie Antoinette, The Revolution, and The End of the Libertine Nobility Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498537261 20170321
The image of the debauched French aristocrat of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is one that still has power over the international public imagination, from the unending fascination with the Marquis de Sade to the successes of the film Ridicule. Drawing on memoirs, letters, popular songs and pamphlets, and political treatises, The Enlightened and Depraved: Decadence, Radicalism, and the Early Modern French Nobility traces the origins of this powerful stereotype from between the reign of Louis XIV and the Terror of the French Revolution. The decadent and enlightened noble of early modern France, the libertine, was born in a push to transform the nobility from a warrior caste into an intelligentsia. Education itself had become a power through which the privileged could set themselves free from old social and religious restraints. However, by the late eighteenth century, the libertine noble was already falling under attack by changing attitudes toward gender, an emphasis on economic utility over courtly service, and ironically the very revolutionary forces that the enlightened nobility of the court and Paris helped awaken. In the end, the libertine nobility would not survive the French Revolution, but the basic idea of knowledge as a liberating force would endure in modernity, divorced from a single class.
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  • Genesis
  • Servants of the city
  • Strange slaves
  • The democratic order of knowledge
  • The mysteries of the Greek state.
The ancient Greek statesman is a familiar figure in the Western political tradition. Less well known is the administrator who ran the state but who was himself a slave. Challenging the modern belief that democracy and bondage are incompatible, Paulin Ismard directs our attention to the cradle of Western democracy, ancient Athens, where the functioning of civic government depended crucially on highly skilled experts who were literally public servants slaves owned by the city-state rather than by private citizens.Known as d mosioi, these public slaves filled a variety of important roles in Athenian society. They were court clerks, archivists, administrators, accountants, and policemen. Many possessed knowledge and skills beyond the attainments of average citizens, and they enjoyed privileges, such as the right to own property, that were denied to private slaves. In effect, d mosioi were Western civilization s first civil servants though they carried out their duties in a condition of bound servitude.Ismard detects a radical split between politics and administrative government at the heart of Athenian democracy. The city-state s managerial caste freed citizens from the day-to-day responsibilities of running the state. By the same token, these public servants were unable to participate in the democratic process because they lacked the rights of full citizenship. By rendering the state s administrators politically invisible, Athens warded off the specter of a government capable of turning against the citizens will. In a real sense, Ismard shows, Athenian citizens put the success of their democratic experiment in the hands of slaves.".
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xxii, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Contents PART I OVERVIEW Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Fundamentals in China's Planning Policies Part II SPATIAL EVOLUATION OF PLANNING POLICIES IN CHINA Chapter 3 Planning for Prosperity: Spatial Disparities Emerged (1950s-1990) Chapter 4 Planning for Prosperity: Spatial Disparities Enlarged (1991-2014) Chapter 5 Planning for Urban and Regional Agglomeration Chapter 6 Dynamics of Urban Networks: Evidence from Airport Infrastructure Expansions Chapter 7 The Geographical Evolution of Railway Network Expansions Chapter 8 Market Reform, Land Development and Urban Vibrancy Part III PLANNING IMPLICATIONS: INFRASTRUCTURE, LOCATION AND CITIES Chapter 9 Concluding remarks.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138790452 20170321
Decades of fast economic growth and rapid urbanization have significantly changed the "faces" of Chinese cities. Like many fast urbanizing countries, China is investing heavily in targeted regions through planning policies. This is a largely place-based investment process that is of great importance for the public, business and policymakers. Despite significant public interest, little is known about the economic impacts. Economics of Planning Policies in China aims to address this gap by looking at the characteristics of the Chinese planning system and its evolution process, with a specific focus on infrastructure, location and cities. It focuses on analyzing the economic impacts of infrastructure improvements like new rail transit and airport facilities, urban village renewals and mining-city regenerations. This volume is based on a period of research on Chinese urban and regional development, and benefited from research insights that challenged the policy effectiveness in shifting spatial disparities. The critical perspective and detailed micro-geographical data makes this book a crucial reference for international scholars, policymakers and graduates.
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For over three decades, urban theorist Michael Peter Smith has engaged in constructing innovative theories on central research questions in urban studies. This book brings together his views on the state of urban theory, sorting out the changing strengths and weaknesses in the field. Smith refocuses attention on the cultural, social, and political practices of urban inhabitants, particularly the way in which their everyday activities have contributed to the social construction of new ethnic identities and new meanings of urban citizenship. Combining the methods of political economy and transnational ethnography, he encourages us to think about new political spaces for practicing "urban citizenship" by analyzing the connections linking cities to the web of relations to other localities in which they are embedded. Smith systematically analyzes the dynamics of "community power" and "urban change" under new globalizing trends and increased transnational mobility. Expanding on his original conceptualization of "transnational urbanism, " he frames urban political life within a wider transnational context of political practice, in which an endless interplay of distinctly situated networks, social practices, and power relations are fought out at multiple scales, in an inexorable politics of inclusion and exclusion.
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xii, 255 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Preface Acknowledgments Introduction PART I FLAME AND FORTUNE IN THE AMERICAN WEST: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE INCENDIARY 1. The 1991 Tunnel Fire: The Case for an Affluence-Vulnerability Interface 2. The Changing American West: From "Flammable Landscape" to the "Incendiary" PART II ILLUMINATING THE AFFLUENCE VULNERABILITY INTERFACE IN THE TUNNEL FIRE AREA 3. Trailblazing: Producing Landscapes, Extracting Profits, Inserting Risk 4. Setting the Stage for Disaster: Revenue Maximization, Wealth Protection, and Its Discontents 5. Who's Vulnerable? The Politics of Identifying, Experiencing, and Reducing Risk PART III HOW THE WEST WAS SPUN: DEPOLITICIZING THE ROOT CAUSES OF WILDFIRE HAZARDS 6. Smoke Screen: When Explaining Wildfires Conceals the Incendiary 7. Debates of Distraction: Our Inability to See the Incendiary for the Spark PART IV AFTER THE FIRE: THE CONCOMITANT EXPANSION OF AFFLUENCE AND RISK 8. Dispatches from the Field: Win-Win Outcomes and the Limits of Post-Wildfire Mitigation 9. Out of the Ashes: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and Financial Opportunism Conclusion: From Excavating to Treating the Incendiary Notes References Index.
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Flame and Fortune in the American West creatively and meticulously investigates the ongoing politics, folly, and avarice shaping the production of increasingly widespread yet dangerous suburban and exurban landscapes. The 1991 Oakland Hills Tunnel Fire is used as a starting point to better understand these complex social-environmental processes. The Tunnel Fire is the most destructive fire-in terms of structures lost-in California history. More than 3,000 residential structures burned and 25 lives were lost. Although this fire occurred in Oakland and Berkeley, others like it sear through landscapes in California and the American West that have experienced urban growth and development within areas historically prone to fire. Simon skillfully blends techniques from environmental history, political ecology, and science studies to closely examine the Tunnel Fire within a broader historical and spatial context of regional economic development and natural resource management, such as the widespread planting of eucalyptus trees as an exotic lure for homeowners, and the creation of hillside neighborhoods for tax revenue-decisions that produced communities with increased vulnerability to fire. Simon demonstrates how a drive for affluence led to a state of vulnerability for rich and poor alike in Oakland that has only been exacerbated by the rebuilding of neighborhoods after the fire. Despite these troubling trends, Flame and Fortune in the American West illustrates how many popular and scientific debates on fire limit the scope and efficacy of policy responses. These risky yet profitable developments (what the author refers to as the Incendiary), as well as proposed strategies for challenging them, are discussed in the context of urbanizing areas around the American West and hold broad applicability within hazard-prone areas globally.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520292802 20161114
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