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The Detective of Modernity
Essays on the Work of David Frisby

ISBN 9780367680268
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
242 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the thought of – and is dedicated to – David Frisby, one of the leading sociologists of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Presenting original examinations of his unique social theory and underlining his interdisciplinary approach to the critical interpretation of modern metropolitan society and culture, it emphasises Frisby’s legacy in highlighting the role of the social researcher as a collector, reader, observer, detective and archivist of the phenomena and ideas that exemplify the modern metropolis as society. With contributions from sociologists, cultural theorists, historians of the city, urban geographers and designers, and architectural historians and theorists, The Detective of Modernity constitutes a wide-ranging engagement with Frisby’s profound legacy in social and cultural theory.

Table of Contents


Georgia Giannakopoulou and Graeme Gilloch

Part 1: Modernity, Metropolis and Method

1. Critical Sociology: The Methodological Controversy

Matthias Benzer

2. Siegfried Kracauer’s Metaphysics of the Passage and Methodology of Social Science

Changnam Lee

3. The Metropolis and Emotional Life: Experience, Rifts and Knowledge

Massimo Cerulo and Antonio Rafele

4. The Social Experience of Urban Life: The Aesthetical Interpretation of Places and Ambiances

Fabio La Rocca

Part 2: Fragments and Faces

5. The Street and the Fragment Aesthetics of Experience; Aesthetics of the Particular in David Frisby

Esther Leslie

6. Cinematic ‘Fragments of Modernity’: Film and Society Revisited

Spiros Gangas

7. On the Face of Things. Béla Balázs and Siegfried Kracauer on Physiognomy and Film

Stéphane Symons

Part 3: Cityscapes

8. Fragments of Cityscapes

Günter Gassner

9. Urban Aestheticization Processes: Cityscape, Landscape and Image

Mike Featherstone

10. Architecture and Fashion in fin-de-siécle Vienna

Iain-Boyd Whyte

Part 4: Haunts

11. Flâneurs, Detectives and Architects

Christian Hermansen

12. Cotton and Other Threads

Janet Wolff

13. In Search of Lost Streets

Elizabeth Wilson

Part 5: Figures

14. "Hamlet wird Detektiv": Reflections on Benjamin, Kracauer and (Neo-)Noir

Graeme Gilloch

15. The Collector's Touch: The Task of the Cultural Critic in the Age of Digital Media

Jaeho Kang

16. Unmasking the Flâneur

Georgia Giannakopoulou

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Georgia Giannakopoulou is Associate Lecturer in Sociology and the International Honors Program at ACG-Deree, The American College of Greece and an Affiliate Researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of Glasgow, UK.

Graeme Gilloch is Professor in Sociology at Lancaster University and the author of Walter Benjamin: Critical Constellations; Siegfried Kracauer, Our Companion in Misfortune; and Myth and Metropolis: Walter Benjamin and the City.