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Reason in the City of Difference - Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (Paperback, New ed) Loot Price: R906 Discovery Miles 9 060

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Reason in the City of Difference - Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (Paperback, New ed): Gary Bridge
Reason in the City of Difference - Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (Paperback, New ed): Gary Bridge

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Reason in the City of Difference - Pragmatism, Communicative Action and Contemporary Urbanism (Paperback, New ed)

Gary Bridge

Series: Questioning Cities

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Contemporary discourse emphasizes the irrational, unconscious, discursive and displaced experiences of city life. Discussion of conscious agency is minimal and is often confined to small acts of resistance. Reason in the City of Difference aims to re-establish a strong notion of conscious agency in our understanding of urban life. Through philosophical and empirical exploration, the book examines how the city has been shaped by reason - through the technical rationality of urban planning and through the profound social and spatial effects of economic rationality. It argues that we get a view of the oppressiveness of cities from a preoccupation with the effects of narrow instrumental rationality. If we see rationality in a wider context, as cultural and expressive, then the city has emancipatory potential through its diversity. Using a range of empirical examples and drawing particularly on pragmatist ideas of 'experience' and rationality, Reason in the City of Difference offers a new, alternative reading of the city.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Questioning Cities
Release date: December 2004
First published: December 2004
Authors: Gary Bridge
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 11mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 192
Edition: New ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-415-28767-8
Barcode: 9780415287678
Categories: Books > Earth & environment > Geography
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LSN: 0-415-28767-7

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