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INERT CITIES: GLOBALIZATION, MOBILITY AND SUSPENSION IN VISUAL CULTURE. Ed. by Stephanie Hemelryk Donald et al. I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London, 2014. 256 pp. with 50 ills. 25 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781780769721 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 163907. Publisher's description: We usually associate contemporary urban life with movement and speed. But what about those instances when the forms of mobility associated with globalized cities -- the flow of capital, people, labor and information -- freeze, or decelerate? How can we assess the value of interruption in a city? What does valuing stillness mean in regards to the forward march of globalization? When does inertia presage decay, and when does it promise immanence and rebirth? Bringing together original contributions by international specialists from the fields of architecture, photography, film, sociology and cultural analysis, this cutting-edge book considers the poetics and politics of inertia in cities ranging from Amsterdam, Berlin, Beirut and Paris, to Beijing, New York, Sydney and Tokyo. Chapters explore what happens when photography, film, mixed media works, architecture and design intervene in public spaces and urban communities to disrupt speed and growth, both intellectually and/or practically; and question the degree to which mobility is aspirational or imaginary, absolute or transient.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 163906
Hardcover $90.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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