Embodied Utopias: Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis

1st Edition

Amy Bingaman, Lise Sanders, Rebecca Zorach

Routledge
Published October 25, 2001
Reference - 336 Pages
ISBN 9780415248143 - CAT# RU22288
Series: Architext

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Summary

Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

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