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The Promise of the City: Space, Identity, and Politics in Contemporary Social Thought

Kian Tajbakhsh


This book proposes a new theoretical framework for the study of cities and urban life. Finding the contemporary urban scene too complex to be captured by radical or conventional approaches, the book offers a threefold, interdisciplinary approach linking agency, space, and structure. First, it says, urban identities cannot be understood through individualistic, communitarian, or class perspectives but rather through the shifting spectrum of cultural, political, and economic influences. Second, the layered, unfinished city spaces we inhabit and within which we create meaning are best represented ... More

Keywords: cities, urban life, agency, space, structure, Manuel Castells, David Harvey, Ira Katznelson, Marxist urban theory, post-structuralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520222779
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520222779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kian Tajbakhsh, author