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258 pages ; 24 cm
  • How newness comes into the world
  • Newness comes into the world
  • Two traditions of the new: cycles and combinations
  • Darwin's renovation of the new
  • Counting and accounting for the new: probability, information theory, genetics
  • Novelty in the twentieth century
  • The structure of scientific discovery: Kuhn and Weiner
  • Making it new: novelty and aesthetic modernism
  • Modernist novelty and the neo-avant-garde.
If art and science have one thing in common, it's a hunger for the new - new ideas and innovations, new ways of seeing and depicting the world. But that desire for novelty carries with it a fundamental philosophical problem: If everything has to come from something, how can anything truly new emerge? Is novelty even possible? In Novelty, Michael North takes us on a dazzling tour of more than two millennia of thinking about the problem of the new, from the puzzles of the pre-Socratics all the way up to the art world of the 1960s and '70s. The terms of the debate, North shows, were established before Plato, and have changed very little since: novelty, philosophers argued, could only arise from either recurrence or recombination. The former, found in nature's cycles of renewal, and the latter, seen most clearly in the workings of language - between them we have accounted for nearly all the ways in which novelty has been conceived of in Western history, including reformation, renaissance, invention, revolution, and even evolution. As he pursues this idea through centuries and across disciplines, North exhibits astonishing range, drawing on figures as diverse as Charles Darwin and Robert Smithson, Thomas Kuhn and Ezra Pound, Norbert Wiener and Andy Warhol, all of whom offer different ways of grappling with the idea of originality. Novelty, North demonstrates, remains a central problem of contemporary science and literature - an ever-receding target that, in its complexity and evasiveness, continues to inspire and propel the modern. A heady, ambitious intellectual feast, Novelty is rich with insight, a masterpiece of perceptive synthesis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226077871 20160612
Green Library
ARTSINST-184-01, URBANST-186-01
xii, 295 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • List of Tables, Figures, and Images Acknowledgments 1. Introduction Part 1: Foundations 2. Production and Neighborhood 3. Bohemia Part 2: A Postindustrial Bohemia 4. Grit as Glamour 5. Living like an Artist 6. The Celebrity Neighborhood Part 3: Artists as Useful Labor 7. The Neighborhood in Cultural Production 8. Making the Scene 9. The Digital Bohemia 10. The Bohemian Ethic and the Spirit of Flexibility Notes References Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415951814 20160528
"Neo-Bohemia" is essential reading for anyone trying to get a handle not just on the growing prominence of alternative and hipster culture in America, but on how cities are retooling to become players in the information age economy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415951814 20160528
Green Library
ARTSINST-184-01, URBANST-186-01
xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. The transformation of everyday life
  • Part One: The Creative Age. 2. The creative ethos. 3. The creative economy. 4. The creative class
  • Part Two: Work. 5. The machine shop and the hair salon. 6. The horizontal labor market. 7. The no-collar workplace. 8. Managing creativity. 9. The time warp
  • Part Three: Life and Leisure. 10. The experimental life. 11. The big morph (a rant)
  • Part Four: Community. 12. The power of place. 13. The geography of creativity. 14. Technology, talent and tolerance. 15. From social capital to creative capital. 16. Building the creative community. 17. The creative class grows up.
A maverick economist looks at the growing influence of today's newest "Creative Class" and offers innovative and practical lessons for business and workers. Many writers have commented on the massive social changes of the past few decades, but most of them have treated these shifts as something imposed on us, by technology or the marketplace. This is wrong, says Richard Florida: we've chosen to alter our values, work, and lifestyle, and for good economic reasons. Why have we done this?Florida finds the answer in the rise of a new social class. Like other classes, its basis is economic. Just as the feudal aristocracy derived its identity and values from its hereditary control of land and people, and the bourgeoisie derived its identity and values from its role as merchants of goods, the Creative Class derives its identity and values from its role as purveyors of creativity. When we see ourselves as "creative, " our self-image affects the choices we make in every area of our lives. Based on a massive body of research, The Rise of the Creative Class chronicles the ongoing sea-change in people's choices and attitudes, and shows not only what's happening but also how it stems from a fundamental economic change. The Creative Class now comprises nearly forty million Americans, or more than 25 per cent of all employed people. The choices these people make have already had a huge economic impact, and in the future they will determine how the workplace is organized, what companies will prosper or go bankrupt, and even which cities will thrive or wither.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465024766 20160528
Green Library
ARTSINST-184-01, URBANST-186-01
xii, 287 p., [20] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
An evocative symbol of the 1960s was its youth counterculture. This study reveals that the youthful revolutionaries were augmented by such unlikely allies as the advertising industry and the men's clothing business. The ad industry celebrated irrepressible youth and promoted defiance and revolt. In the 1950s, Madison Avenue deluged the country with images of junior executives, happy housewives and idealized families in tail-finned American cars. But the author of this study seeks to show how, during the "creative revolution" of the 60s, the ad industry turned savagely on the very icons it had created, using brands as signifiers of rule-breaking, defiance, difference and revolt. Even the menswear industry, formerly makers of staid, unchanging garments, ridiculed its own traditions as remnants of intolerable conformity, and discovered youth insurgency as an ideal symbol for its colourful new fashions. Thus emerged the strategy of co-opting dissident style which is so commonplace in modern hip, commercial culture. This text aims to add detail to a period in the 60s which has hitherto remained unresearched.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226259918 20160528
Green Library
ARTSINST-184-01, URBANST-186-01
ix, 378 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Part 1 The passage from modernity to post-modernity in contemporary culture: modernity and modernism-- post-modernism-- post-modernism in the city - architecture and urban design-- modernization-- POST-modernISM or post-MODERNism? Part 2 The political - economic transformation of late 20th century capitalism: fordism-- from fordism to flexible accumulation-- flexible accumulation - solid transformation or temporary fix? Part 3 The experience of space and time: individual spaces and times in social life-- time and space as sources of social poser-- the time and space of the enlightenment project-- time-space compression and the rise of modernism as a cultural force-- time-space compression and the post-modern condition-- space and time in post-modern culture - cinematic representations. Part 4 The condition of post-modernity.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780631162926 20160527
A great deal has been written on what has variously been described as the postmodern condition and postmodern experience, culture, architecture, art and society. In his new book, David Harvey attempts to determine what exactly is meant by the term. He asks whether our experience of shifting dimensions of time and space has resulted in or been the consequence of fundamental changes in capitalist society. Can signs be detected of the emergence of a distinctly new post-capitalist and post-industrial society? This book will be useful to geographers and many others for its account of the arguments surrounding the proposition of modernity, and as a contribution to the debate on what exactly is the nature of current social change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780631162926 20160527
Green Library
ARTSINST-184-01, HISTORY-283-01, HISTORY-383-01, URBANST-186-01