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Spaces of Culture
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Spaces of Culture
City, Nation, World

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March 1999 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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. The analysis of public space is essential to an understanding of issues like global citizenship and multicultural human rights. 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.
Mike Featherstone and Scott Lash
Introduction
 
PART ONE: TECHNOLOGICAL SPACE
Richard Sennett
Growth and Failure
The New Political Economy and Its Culture

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

 
Saskia Sassen
Digital Networks and Power
 
PART TWO: CULTURAL MAPPING
Michael Dear and Steven Flusty
The Postmodern Urban Condition
Hilary Radner
Roaming the City
Proper Women in Improper Places

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

 
Ron Eyerman
Moving Culture
Barbara Adam
Radiated Identities
In Pursuit of the Temporal Complexity of Conceptual Cultural Practices

 
 
PART FOUR: CARTOGRAPHIES OF A NATION
Michael J Shapiro
Triumphalist Geographies
G[um]oran Dahl
The Anti-Reflexivist Revolution
On the Affirmationism of the New Right

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

 
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Towards a Multicultural Conception of Human Rights
Jonathan Friedman
The Hybridization of Roots and the Abhorrence of the Bush
Couze Venn
Narrating the Postcolonial

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Mike Featherstone

Scott M Lash

Professor Scott Lash is the Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, as well as a a project leader in the Goldsmiths Media Research Programme. He is a leading name within sociology and cultural studies, has written numerous books and articles over the last twenty years, and is currently the managing editor for the journal Theory, Culture and Society. More About Author

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