Common Ground?: Readings and Reflections on Public Space

1st Edition

Anthony M. Orum, Zachary P. Neal

Routledge
Published August 6, 2009
Textbook - 240 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415997270 - CAT# Y004238
Series: The Metropolis and Modern Life

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Summary

Public spaces have long been the focus of urban social activity, but investigations of how public space works often adopt only one of several possible perspectives, which restricts the questions that can be asked and the answers that can be considered. In this volume, Anthony Orum and Zachary Neal explore how public space can be a facilitator of civil order, a site for power and resistance, and a stage for art, theatre, and performance. They bring together these frequently unconnected models for understanding public space, collecting classic and contemporary readings that illustrate each, and synthesizing them in a series of original essays. Throughout, they offer questions to provoke discussion, and conclude with thoughts on how these models can be combined by future scholars of public space to yield more comprehensive understanding of how public space works.

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