What Is A City?: Rethinking The Urban After Hurricane Katrina by C. FisherWhat Is A City?: Rethinking The Urban After Hurricane Katrina by C. Fisher

What Is A City?: Rethinking The Urban After Hurricane Katrina

Contribution byC. Fisher, Daina Cheyenne Harvey

Paperback | May 1, 2008

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The devastation brought upon New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee system failure has forced urban theorists to revisit the fundamental question of urban geography and planning: What is a city? Is it a place of memory embedded in architecture, a location in regional and global networks, or an arena wherein communities form and reproduce themselves?

Planners, architects, policymakers, and geographers from across the political spectrum have weighed in on how best to respond to the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The thirteen contributors to What Is a City? are a diverse group from the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, geography, philosophy, planning, public policy studies, and sociology, as well as community organizing. They believe that these conversations about the fate of New Orleans are animated by assumptions and beliefs about the function of cities in general. They unpack post-Katrina discourse, examining what expert and public responses tell us about current attitudes not just toward New Orleans, but toward cities. As volume coeditor Phil Steinberg points out in his introduction, ?Even before the floodwaters had subsided . . . scholars and planners were beginning to reflect on Hurricane Katrina and its disastrous aftermath, and they were beginning to ask bigger questions with implications for cities as a whole.?

The experience of catastrophe forces us to reconsider not only the material but the abstract and virtual qualities of cities. It requires us to revisit how we think about, plan for, and live in them.

PHIL STEINBERG is an associate professor of geography at Florida State University. He is the author of The Social Construction of the Ocean and coauthor of Managing the Infosphere. ROB SHIELDS is a Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Departments of Sociology and Art and Design at the University of Alberta. His books include Places on the ...
Title:What Is A City?: Rethinking The Urban After Hurricane KatrinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.06 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820330949

ISBN - 13:9780820330945

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Editorial Reviews

What is a City? is a welcomed and profound engagement with modern urban theory.

- Clyde Woods - author of Development Arrested