After the Cosmopolitan? Multicultural Cities and the Future by Michael Keith

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After the Cosmopolitan? argues that either racial divisions and intercultural discussion can simply be understood within the context of the urbanism wherein they're discovered. all of the key debates in cultural idea and concrete experiences are lined in detail:the development of cultural industries and the selling of citiessocial exclusion and violencethe nature of the ghettothe cross-disciplinary conceptualization of cultural hybriditythe politics of third-way social coverage. In contemplating the ways that race is performed out within the world's most outstanding towns, Michael Keith shows that neither the utopian naiveté of a few invocations of cosmopolitan democracy, nor the pessimism of multicultural hell can safely make experience of the altering nature of up to date metropolitan life.Authoritative and informative, this booklet might be of curiosity to complex undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers of anthropology, cultural experiences, geography, politics and sociology. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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In the cities of twenty-first-century modernity space curates the social, the economic and the cultural. In this spirit the volume considers both the mapping of the city through the street, the cultural quarter and the ghetto, and also the technologies through which such practice becomes the subject of scholarly scrutiny (the tag, the city plan and the rhetorics of community safety). In this sense the volume suggests that it is at the crossroads where a Foucauldian political analysis meets Benjamin’s city that we begin to develop a critical urbanism that might be helpful in interrogating the configuration of the cosmopolitan future.

34 They too come loaded with their own histories of respectability and transgression, they too might logically form the subject matter of independent genealogical volumes. 35 Yet of central significance to this chapter is that whilst we can speak through a historically loaded vocabulary, it remains essential to understand that such spaces, such technologies and such characters are rarely racially unmarked. 36 The fundamental premise of all racisms identifies a distinction between self and various others that are associated with particular characteristics.

Subject positions of those included in it and excluded from it, to tie the street and the tower block to the images of the street robber and the racially marked victim, and to link the studies of ‘risk’ to the architecture of the racialised imaginary in the urban uncanny. In subsequent chapters the three pieces of the cosmopolitan jigsaw (characters, landscape and technologies) are explored in slightly more detail through their realisation in the ethnic entrepreneur and the street rebel; the street, the ghetto and the cultural quarter; the graffiti tag, the spaces of danger and the city plan.

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