Cities are more important as cultural entities than their mere function as dormitories and industrial sites. Yet, the understanding of what makes a city ‘alive’ and appealing in cultural terms is still hotly contested - why are some cities so much more interesting, popular and successful than others? In this engaging discussion in the text City Life, Adrian Franklin takes the reader on a tour of contemporary western cities exploring their historical development and arguing that it is the transformative, ritual and performative qualities of successful cities that makes a difference. Emphasizing the importance of experience, the book represents the fluid complexity of the city as a living space, an environment and a posthumanist space of transformation. It will be of interest to all those engaging with the difficulties of urban life in sociology, human geography, tourism and cultural studies departments.

The Machinic City

The machinic city

The transformation of the city at the end of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century remains one of the most significant shifts in human social and cultural life in the entire history of the human species (and, many of its symbiotes). But it is more than the transformation of cities, since the cities of medieval Europe were more or less swept away. They lost their purpose, independence, poise, exclusivity and distinction as pinnacles of human civilisation. Along with the members of the ancient regime who lived in them they were more or less liquefied. But the new kids on the block did not seek a new permanent state of revolutionary change but sought instead to ...

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