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Michel de Certeau (1925–1986) has become one of the oft-cited theorists of everyday urban life. This entry gives a brief outline of his work, his theoretical background, and the key concepts taken from his work into urban studies and sets those concepts in the context of some of the limits created by this appropriation. The key theoretical tradition is one of a theory of practice that stresses how objects and happenings exceed people's conceptualizations of them. With this, his work has been picked up for, first, how it points to a critique of urban ideologies, and especially those of planning and rationalism; second, as offering an account of life that exceeds notions of planned space in terms of a model active practice transforming spaces through, ...

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