Spaces of Culture: City, Nation, World

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What is culture? How are we to understand the relation between social structure and culture in a world that is becoming increasingly global and which new technologies are making increasingly vital? Spaces of Culture is a critical interrogation of the key coordinates of this global and virtual world: the nation state; modernity and reflexivity; post-Fordism and the spatial logic of the informational city. This discussion extends into a complementary analysis of the public sphere, that questions the reductive representation of technology as a forma of instrumentality, demonstrating how new technologies can offer new spaces of culture.

Spaces of Culture will be required reading for students and scholars in sociology, social theory and cultural studies. It will be an essential reference in any critical discussion of the relations between globalization and technology; and culture, politics and the public sphere.

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Table of Contents 

Introduction Mike Featherstone and Scott Lash

PART ONE: TECHNOLOGICAL SPACE
Growth and Failure: The New Political Economy and Its Culture, Richard Sennett

Simulated Sovereignty, Telematic Territoriality: The Political Economy of Cyberspace, Timothy W Luke

Digital Networks and Power Saskia Sassen

PART TWO: CULTURAL MAPPING
The Postmodern Urban Condition, Michael Dear and Steven Flusty

Roaming the City: Proper Women in Improper Places, Hilary Radner

PART THREE: REFLEXIVE SPACE
Not All That Is Solid Melts into Air: Modernity and Contingency, Heidrun Friese and Peter Wagner

Moving Culture Ron Eyerman

Radiated Identities: In Pursuit of the Temporal Complexity of Conceptual Cultural Practices, Barbara Adam

PART FOUR: CARTOGRAPHIES OF A NATION
Triumphalist Geographies Michael J Shapiro

The Anti-Reflexivist Revolution: On the Affirmationism of the New Right, G[um]oran Dahl

PART FIVE: TRANSCULTURAL PLACE
Transculturality: The Puzzling Form of Cultures Today Wolfgang Welsch

Towards a Multicultural Conception of Human Rights, Boaventura de Sousa Santos

The Hybridization of Roots and the Abhorrence of the Bush, Jonathan Friedman

Narrating the Postcolonial, Couze Venn Back to top

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Theory Culture and Society

Body and Society

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Other Books by the Author 
< Mike Featherstone (lead author/editor)

Consumer Culture and Postmodernism, 2nd Edition (2007)

Automobilities (2005)

Body Modification (2000)

Love and Eroticism (1999)

Undoing Culture (1996)

Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk (1996)

Global Modernities (1995)

The Body (1991)

Global Culture (1990)

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