The City Of The Senses: Urban Culture And Urban Space

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byKimberly DeFazio

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Offering an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the city which opens up new ways of understanding urban culture and urban space, .the author approaches the city as essentially a "material" place where people live, work, and participate in social practices within historical limits set not by sensory experience or cultural meanings but material social conditions. Urban cultural theory, the book contends, needs to understand the human senses in the context of (imperceptible) material relations of production so as to take part in the struggle to transform them. 

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Offering an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the city which opens up new ways of understanding urban culture and urban space, .the author approaches the city as essentially a "material" place where people live, work, and participate in social practices within historical limits set not by sensory experience or cultural meanings...

Kimberly DeFazio teaches in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her writings have appeared in such national and international journals as Nature, Society and Thought and Textual Practice.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.62 × 5.65 × 0.69 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230111599

ISBN - 13:9780230111592

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Table of Contents

The City of Exchange and the Senses * The (Dis)Continuous City * The Urban (Un)seen * Materialism, the Sensuous City, and the Materialist Analytics of Perception * Aesthetics and the Global Polis * Designing the Senses: IKEA and the Urban Emporium         

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“The City of Senses is a timely contribution to understanding the ‘geography of labor’ and its relation to the injustices facing working people across the globe. DeFazio opens up our senses--to become more acutely aware--of how capitalist relations of production eclipse human needs in the overwhelming panorama of consumption and greed we know as neoliberal capitalism. A precise and thorough undertaking that offers a materialist reading of social practices often relegated to the cultural realm, this is critical theory at its best.” --Nathalia E. Jaramillo, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies and Cultural Foundations, Purdue University