Publics and the City. RGS-IBG Book Series

  • ID: 2249698
  • Book
  • 264 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Contests over public space have come to assume increasing centrality in deliberations over urban policy in post–industrial nations such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. In this innovative book, Kurt Iveson addresses the relationship between publicness and the city, considering how the production, management and regulation of public spaces has emerged as a problem for urban politics and urban theory.

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.

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List of Illustrations.


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.



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"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)

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