After the Cosmopolitan? Multicultural Cities and the Future by Michael Keith

By Michael Keith

After the Cosmopolitan? argues that either racial divisions and intercultural discussion can in basic terms be understood within the context of the urbanism wherein they're discovered. the entire key debates in cultural thought and concrete reviews are lined in detail:the progress of cultural industries and the promoting of citiessocial exclusion and violencethe nature of the ghettothe cross-disciplinary conceptualization of cultural hybriditythe politics of third-way social coverage. In contemplating the ways that race is performed out within the world's most outstanding towns, Michael Keith shows that neither the utopian naiveté of a few invocations of cosmopolitan democracy, nor the pessimism of multicultural hell can safely make feel of the altering nature of up to date metropolitan life.Authoritative and informative, this e-book could be of curiosity to complex undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers of anthropology, cultural reviews, geography, politics and sociology. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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4 In stark contrast, on becoming millennial mayor of London in the year 2000, Ken Livingstone took dinner with the members of the City Corporation. Whilst flouting the dress code by refusing to wear the normal dinner jacket (tuxedo), he told the assembled audience representing the greatest concentration of wealth in Europe that: If London is to remain the financial centre of Europe, and to attract the inward investment and skilled labour for this, it cannot do so without internalising 24 The mirage at the heart of the myth?

Such stories are open to both easy derision and proper critique. On the one hand, in any particular city location it is imperative to subject the representations of a new urbanism to a realistic analysis. 7 But, on the other hand, it is also essential to question the hidden dreams and desires that shape future visions of the city that are at the heart of major changes in urban living characteristic of most of the cities of contemporary capitalism. And in descriptions of such city transformations the analytical salience of issues of race and racism is far too often either peripheral or silent.

In this context the racialised nature of the contemporary city is likewise dependent on the processes through which the analytical world is made visible and rendered comprehensible as an object of study. 49 The case demonstrated that the field of vision is starkly racialised. 50 Technologies of representation are constitutive of the subject. At a simple level it becomes important to ask why it is that in Sim City you can have a riot but never a revolution. 51 Similarly, through specific regimes of representation the city emerges as a political subject in relation to particular and specific configurations of the countryside, race and nationalism.

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