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The last two decades have been an exciting and richly productive period for debate and academic research on the city. The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies offers comprehensive coverage of this modern re-thinking of urban theory, both gathering together the best of what has been achieved so far, and signalling the way to future theoretical insights and empirically grounded research. Featuring many of the top international names in the field, the handbook is divided into nine key sections: SECTION 1: THE GLOBALIZED CITY SECTION 2: URBAN ENTREPRENEURIALISM, BRANDING, GOVERNANCE SECTION 3: MARGINALITY, RISK AND RESILIENCE SECTION 4: SUBURBS AND SUBURBANIZATION: STRATIFICATION, SPRAWL, SUSTAINABILITY SECTION 5: DISTINCTIVE AND VISIBLE CITIES SECTION 6: CREATIVE CITIES SECTION 7: URBANIZATION, URBANITY AND URBAN LIFESTYLES SECTION 8: NEW DIRECTIONS ...

Lights, City, Action…
Lights, City, Action
Tim Edensor

This chapter explores how illumination continues to transform the meaning and feeling of the city. Firstly, I investigate the pervasive darkness of the pre-modern city and, subsequently, how this was utterly transfigured by the advent of early modern illumination that fashioned a new nocturnal urban realm of fantasy and excitement in which inhabitants were attracted to a proliferation of illuminated spectacles and attractions. Secondly, however, I discuss how these urban landscapes were also inscribed with power in new ways, and the ways in which inequalities wrought through illumination persist, though opposition has always responded to such ordering processes, not least through seeking out the dark realms of the city. Thirdly, I focus on how the sheer pervasiveness of ...

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