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By Sallie Westwood, John Williams

ISBN-10: 0415144299

ISBN-13: 9780415144292

This publication brings jointly one of the most fresh and interesting paintings from inside sociology and cultural stories. It examines city idea, ethnic variety and the politics of distinction, nostalgia and reminiscence and a twin of town.

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Second, there are a wide range of dystopian and critical scenarios—many of which stem from critical theory— where telematics are seen to be closely woven in with the onset of a more polarised and disempowering urban world. Interestingly, however, there are often some surprising parallels between certain parts of these two strands of work, in their predictions of a shift towards a ‘dematerialised’ society which is no longer attached to the specific qualities offered by urban places. It is worth briefly looking at these in turn.

Some progress is being made here, however, especially in France. A recent communications plan for Lille argues, for example, that: the traditional concepts of urban and regional planning are today outmoded. The harmonious development of areas towards equilibrium, the correct sharing out of resources, providing support to complementary developments within the city… these ideas have given way to the impression that spaces are fragmented, atomised and strongly competitive…the insertion of telecommunications into the city makes the development of spaces more complex and introduces today a third dimension into urban and regional planning [after space and time]: this is the factor of realtime.

As Gillespie (1992) argues, ‘in all… utopian visions, the decentralising impacts of communications technology are regarded as unproblematic and self evident’. This is often linked with an underlying anti-urbanism, leading to predictions of electronic interactions in ‘electronic spaces’ constructed by telematics hardware and software supplanting those in urban places. Gold (1990:22) suggests that underpinning many futuristic visions is ‘a prevailing hostility towards the metropolitan city and a social philosophy that aims to break up the mass society and recreate smaller communities.

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