Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City
Routledge, 3 juli 2013 - 192 sidor
To see like a city, rather than seeing like a state, is the key to understanding modern politics. In this book, Magnusson draws from theorists such as Weber, Wirth, Hayek, Jacobs, Sennett, and Foucault to articulate some of the ideas that we need to make sense of the city as a form of political order.
Locally and globally, the city exists by virtue of complicated patterns of government and self-government, prompted by proximate diversity. A multiplicity of authorities in different registers is typical. Sovereignty, although often claimed, is infinitely deferred. What emerges by virtue of self-organization is not susceptible to control by any central authority, and so we are impelled to engage politically in a world that does not match our expectations of sovereignty. How then are we are to engage realistically and creatively? We have to begin from where we are if we are to understand the possibilities.
Building on traditions of political and urban theory in order to advance a new interpretation of the role of cities/urbanism in contemporary political life, this work will be of great interest to scholars of political theory and urban theory, international relations theory and international relations.
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Seeing like a theorist 6 Oikos, nomos, logos Logos/nomos, oikos/polis Eco-
governmentality, urbanism, and republicanism Politics and violence Freedom or
The key to seeing this is to recognize that the polis – the ancestor of the modern
republic or liberal democracy or the state – is also a city, and hence a node for
what Louis Wirth (1938) called “urbanism as a way of life”. If – to borrow a term
does and how) and diplomacy (what remains to be negotiated between states, so
as to determine the conditions under which they operate). It seems quite clear
that the politically oriented must focus on the state or on relations between states
Late nineteenth-century analysts were particularly aware of the way organs of
local self-government emerged, sometimes under state patronage and
sometimes not.15 For a city to work at all as a city, it must develop a political
infrastructure to ...
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