Drawing on original, empirical research, the author presents a series of detailed case studies that explore the struggle for space in different forms of publicness, from political protesters seeking to use the grounds around Parliament House in Canberra, to young people hanging out on the streets of inner city Perth, to writing graffiti in Sydney. Publics and the City is a timely and critical examination of the relationship between urbanism, publicness and democracy.
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.
"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)