Space and Embodiment in the City
Publication Year: 2013
Space and place have become central to analysis of culture and history in the humanities and social sciences. Making Place examines how people engage the material and social worlds of the urban environment via the rhythms of everyday life and how bodily responses are implicated in the making and experiencing of place. The contributors introduce the concept of spatial ethnography, a new methodological approach that incorporates both material and abstract perspectives in the study of people and place, and encourages consideration of the various levels—from the personal to the planetary—at which spatial change occurs. The book’s case studies come from Costa Rica, Colombia, India, Austria, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Published by: Indiana University Press
Series: 21st Century Studies
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Many of the essays in this volume featured in two interdisciplinary symposia held at the at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in fall 2010 and spring 2011 titled “Embodied Placemaking in Urban Public Spaces.” We are grateful to the staff of the...
Introduction: Embodied Placemaking: An Important Category of Critical Analysis
Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman
In 1943 British Parliamentarians engaged in heated debate about how to rebuild the House of Commons chamber, which had been destroyed in 1941. Some argued that its rebuilding should have been used as an opportunity for expansion to improve its formerly cramped conditions, reshaping it...
1. Placemaking and Embodied Space
Within the field of space and culture there has been increasing interest in theories that include the body and walking as bodily movement as integral parts of spatial analysis. These concerns have been addressed partially through the historical analysis of the docile body to social structure...
2. Visualizing the Body Politic
The concept of public space in modern political theory is remarkably impoverished. It largely ignores the material attributes of space—its architectonics and physical-sensorial dimensions that enable habitation—and the process of social production that creates the “publicness” of public space....
3. Inside the Magic Circle: Conjuring the Terrorist Enemy at the 2001 Group of Eight Summit
Held in Italy shortly after the election of Silvio Berlusconi’s second conservative government, the 2001 Group of Eight (G8) summit went down in history as the battle of Genoa due to the violent clashes and the extreme brutality of state repression. From July 20 through July 22 the leaders of the...
4. Eating Ethnicity: Spatial Ethnography of Hyderabad House Restaurant on Devon Avenue, Chicago
In 2006 an item in the Chicago Tribune announced the closing of Hyderabad House, an ethnic restaurant located on Devon Avenue, a popular and crowded retail street on the northern edge of the metropolis. The heart of a diverse and ever changing immigrant community, Devon Avenue...
5. Urban Boundaries, Religious Experience, and the North West London Eruv
Jennifer A . Cousineau
On the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, February 23, 2003, a woman carrying her infant child walked out her front door, through her yard, and into the street.1 This seemingly unremarkable occurrence was an unprecedented act among Sabbath-observant Jews in London. After centuries of Jewish life...
6. “Art, Memory, and the City” in Bogotá: Mapa Teatro’s Artistic Encounters with Inhabited Places
Karen E. T ill
A young woman wearing a pink formal gown walks through a recreated bedroom. Candles and spotlights illuminate her figure as she steps atop a bed and begins jumping on a mattress. Rather than speak lines, her performance— part of a collective interpretation of Heinrich Müller’s Prometheus...
7. Jewish Memory, Jewish Geography: Vienna before 1938
Alles aus Liebe (All for Love), one of the most successful cabarets in 1927 Vienna, was, according to a critic for the Neue Freie Presse, a show intended mainly “for the eyes.”1 Like the other cabarets that year, it featured an entertaining musical score and plenty of talented comedians, including the wellknown...