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.

Dreams and Nightmares

Dreams and Nightmares

Dreams and nightmares
Stuart C.Aitken

This Chapter

  • Considers the relationship between urban life and mental life
  • Uses examples from film to demonstrate that the real and fantasized city are inseparable
  • Demonstrates the potential contribution of post-structural and psychoanalytic theory to urban studies


Marv walks out of Frank Miller's spectacularly violent comic book series and into Sin City (2005), a movie directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. His noir world is infested with criminals, crooked police and femme fatales; some searching for revenge, some for salvation and others for both. It is a city of social pathology, anomie, angst, and schizophrenia. The film incorporates storylines from three of Miller's graphic novels, including Sin City, which launched the long-running, critically acclaimed series, as well as ...

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