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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... infrastructure to manage violence, deal with external threats, and providethe
public facilities, services, and regulations necessary for people to live in relative
safety and go about their daily business. The incentive to do such things is strong
How would it change things, if at all?” The important thing to recognize – and the
thing that is at odds with a statist or sovereigntist imaginary – is that it is never a
matter of going from disorder to order, but rather of moving from one form of order