The book′s introductory chapters lay out in a concise manner the principal themes in urban theory, postmodern thought, and spatial analysis. From this, Dear constructs the fabric of a postmodern urbanism, employing the precepts of Henri Lefebvre and Fredric Jameson, together with a careful reading of the landscapes of contemporary cities, including the prototypical postmodern metropolis of Los Angeles among others.
In the book′s final section, Dear examines some consequences of postmodern urbanism, and begins the task of defining an urban agenda for the twenty–first century. He shows how urban studies have been transformed by postmodernism, and builds a postmodern politics that encompasses the individual and the global. Drawing as much from fiction and film, politics and history, architecture and cultural studies, as from urbanism and geography, Dear presents his vision of a twenty–first century dominated by global megacities and uncovers new ways of understanding how cities are made.
1. Taking Los Angeles Seriously.
2. Mapping the Postmodern.
3. Postmodern Bloodlines: From Lefebvre to Jameson.
4. The Premature Demise of Postmodern Urbanism.
5. Reading the Modern City: A Colonial History of Los Angeles 1781–1991.
6. Deconstructing Urban Planning.
7. Postmodern Urbanism.
8. A Tale of Two Cities 1. Tijuana.
9. Film, Architecture and Filmspace.
10. A Tale of Two Cities 2. Las Vegas.
11. From Sidewalk to Cyberspace (and Back to Earth Again).
12. The Personal Politics of Postmodernity.
13. The Power of Place.
14. The Geopolitics of Postmodernity.
15. Epistemological Politics.
Epilogue: Beyond Postmodernism.
A Beginner′s Guide to Postmodernism.