This book’s chapters analyze aspects of urban politics with a combination of critical thinking (influenced by Walter Benjamin, Jacques Ranciere, Henri Lefebvre, and Achille Mbembe, among others) and readings of artistic genres (film, literature, and architecture). The coverage of cities includes, Tokyo, Paris, New York, Nairobi, Boston, Berlin and Hong Kong.
1.Introduction: Genre and the City Michael J. Shapiro
2.Genre and the City: Tokyo’s Urban Space Bettina Johanna Brown
3.Policing Paris: Private Publics and Architectural Media in Michael Haneke’s Caché Brianne Gallagher
4.Crossing the Border: Art and Change in East Harlem Allison Pan
5.Genre and the African City: The Politics and Poetics of Urban Rhythms Sam Okoth Opondo
6.Centrifugal Bostons and Competing Imaginaries in Mystic River Nicolette Rowe
7.Intercity Cinema: Hong Kong at the Berlinale Michael J. Shapiro