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Publics and the City

Publics and the City

Kurt Iveson

ISBN: 978-1-405-12732-5

May 2007

264 pages

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$95.95

Description

Publics and the City investigates struggles over the making of urban publics, considering how the production, management and regulation of ‘public spaces’ has emerged as a problem for both urban politics and urban theory.

  • Advances a new framework for considering the diverse spatialities of publicness in relation to the city
  • Argues that a city’s contribution to the making of publics goes beyond the provision of places for public gathering
  • Examines a series of detailed case studies
  • Looks at the relationship between urbanism, public spheres, and democracy
List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgements.

1 The Problem with Public Space.

2 Publics and the City.

3 Making a Claim: The Regulation of Protest at Parliament House, Canberra.

4 Cruising: Governing Beat Sex in Melbourne.

5 Making a Name: Writing Graffiti in Sydney.

6 ""No Fun. No Hope. Don't Belong."" : Re-making ""Public Space"" in Neo-liberal Perth.

7 Justifying Exclusion: Keeping Men out of the Ladies’ Baths, Sydney.

8 Imagining the Public City: Concluding Reflections.

Bibliography.

Index

""Rich and varied case studies make the material accessible ... .An original, engaging, and interesting contribution to debates about the uses, meanings, and urban dimensions of public address and public space."" (American Journal of Sociobiology, February 2010)

""An important book ... .Compelling."" (Progress in Human Geography, February 2010)

“Iveson clearly demonstrates why issues of publicness should be of concern to all geographers, and he suggests that there is too much at stake to accept existing normative assumptions about the decline of the public sphere.” (Cultural Geographies, October 2008)


  • Advances a new framework for considering the diverse spatialities of publicness in relation to the city
  • Argues that a city’s contribution to the making of publics goes beyond the provision of places for public gathering
  • Examines a series of detailed case studies
  • Looks at the relationship between urbanism, public spheres, and democracy