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 Solid Modern City: 1

The solid modern city: 1

The industrialised or paleotechnic city responds both technically and politically to the question of order in the modern city. In part it responds technically to issues of risk that were new to the enlarging cities of Europe and the USA (new bio-threats such as water contamination; impacts of disease on large populations; new ecologies based on high densities of human settlement; air pollution produced smogs; bacterial opportunists in new industrial complexes and wastes; new threats from mobility of global diseases; imported destructive species that take root in new places etc.), but in part also it responds politically to an outmoded traditional order and seeks to replace it, as Bauman (2000) argues, with a solid modern order, ...

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