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    The material and visual cultures of cities

    Wells, Karen (2007) The material and visual cultures of cities. Space and Culture 10 (2), pp. 136-144. ISSN 1206-3312.

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    The author adapts Lefebvre's (1991) triadic theorisation of the production of space to the study of objects and ways of seeing in cities. Governmental power is condensed in monuments, planning, mapping, and film; capital organises the spaces and events of the city through the circulation of commodities and the destruction and reconstruction of urban space. Local cultures of consumption on one hand and spectacular events on the other shape the lived experience of the urban. In tracing the history and networks of things and images, the article unravels the reification and fetishisation of urban life that would hide the power relations that structure everyday life within the glittering spectacle of the commodity or the smooth veneer of the monument.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): surveillance, cinema, town planning, monuments, spectacle, capital, Lefebvre
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2013 16:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:02


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