Embodied Utopias

Gender, Social Change and the Modern Metropolis

Edited by Amy Bingaman, Lise Sanders, Rebecca Zorach

© 2001 – Routledge

336 pages

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About the Book

Utopia has become a dirty word in recent scholarship on modernism, architecture, urban planning and gender studies. Many utopian designs now appear impractical, manifesting an arrogant disregard for the lived experiences of the ordinary inhabitants who make daily use of global public and private spaces. The essays in Embodied Utopias argue that the gendered body is the crux of the hopes and disappointments of modern urban and suburban utopias of the Americas, Europe and Asia. They reassess utopian projects - masculinist, feminist, colonialist, progressive - of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; they survey the dystopian landscapes of the present; and they gesture at the potential for an embodied approach to the urban future, to the changing spaces of cities and virtual landscapes.

Reviews

'Stimulating … breaks new ground in trying to draw together themes of space, gender and utopia.' - Ruth Levitas, Urban Studies, 2003

Table of Contents

Section 1. Introduction. Section 2. Civilization/Degeneration: Desire and Repulsion in the Modern City. Section 3. At Home in Public. Section 4. Esprit de Corps and Esprit Decor: Domesticity, Community and Creative Autonomy in the Building of Female Public Identity. Section 5. Embodying Urban Design. Section 6. Haunting the City. Section 7. The Time of Architecture. Index.

About the Series

Architext

The Architext series brings together recent debates in social and cultural theory and the study and practice of architecture and urban design. Critical, comparative and interdisciplinary, the books in the series will, by theorizing architecture, bring the space of the built environment centrally into the social sciences and humanities, as well as bringing the theoretical insights of the latter into the discourse of architecture and urban design. Particular attention will be paid to issues of gender, race, sexuality and the body, to questions of identity and place, to cultural politics of representation and language, and to the global and postcolonial contexts in which these are addressed.

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ARCHITECTURE / General