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The Sphinx in the City

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Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities—London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and São Paulo—and presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate women—and the working class and ethnic minorities—by means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be.

Synopsis:

This study uses fiction, essays, film and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities - London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka and Sao Paulo - and presents a critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism and traditional architecture.

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"Adopting the guise of a flaneur, Wilson reconsiders the classical imagery of the city from the viewpoints of diverse groups of women: bourgeois wives, prostitutes, transvestite writers, and others. Its originality resides in its deft, consistently provocative interweaving of underground feminist discourses with the familiar, male-infected rhetorics of urban experience."—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [170]-182) and index.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wilson is Professor of Social Studies at the Polytechnic of North London, and the author of a number of books, including Adorned in Dreams (California, 1988) and Hallucinations (Constable, 1989).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520078642
Author:
Wilson, Elizabeth
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Cities and towns
Subject:
City Planning & Urban Development
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Urban women
Subject:
Urbanisme
Subject:
Villes
Subject:
Vie urbaine
Subject:
Femmes en milieu urbain
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
9398
Publication Date:
19920331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
191
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.63 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This study uses fiction, essays, film and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest cities - London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka and Sao Paulo - and presents a critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism and traditional architecture.
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"Adopting the guise of a flaneur, Wilson reconsiders the classical imagery of the city from the viewpoints of diverse groups of women: bourgeois wives, prostitutes, transvestite writers, and others. Its originality resides in its deft, consistently provocative interweaving of underground feminist discourses with the familiar, male-infected rhetorics of urban experience."—Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz
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