This reference is a comprehensive study guide to the city. The text explains and evaluates the key ideas, informed by the latest research, adding the necessary historical context to situate the student in the literature and the essential debates. Organized in four sections The SAGE Companion to the City provides a systematic A-Z to understanding the city that explains the interrelations between society, culture, and economy.

Civility and Etiquette

Civility and Etiquette

Civility and etiquette
MickSmith and JoyceDavidson

This Chapter

  • Identifies the city as a site where ideas of what is ‘civil’ and what is ‘incivil’ are defined, worked through and refined
  • Considers contemporary debates about the social use of public space in the light of historically-inherited ideas of public comportment and etiquette
  • Argues that current concerns about the decline of the public realm may be overblown given city life has always generated moral panics about the city's capacity to encourage the licentious and the anti-social


Why does the city epitomize the height of sophisticated, fashionable and civilized behaviour and yet is simultaneously regarded as fostering everything ‘polite society’ might deem depraved, rude, uncivil and immoral? For example, a visit to an art gallery, theatre, or classy ...

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