A series of rich case studies examine a range of topics, including neighbourhood gentrification, subway busking, yard sales, electronic waste, and language, refining the touchstone principle of circulation for the study of urban culture, both materially and theoretically. Contributors employ a variety of disciplinary approaches to create a richly varied picture of the multiple trajectories and effects of movement in the city. An engaging work that considers city planning, urban culture, and social behaviour, Circulation and the City adds a new dimension that revitalizes the ways we have commonly looked at - and thought about - the city.
Alexandra Boutros is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Will Straw is a professor in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.
Introduction / Alexandra Boutros and Will Straw PART ONE THE MOBILE CITY 1 Language in the City, Language of the City / Michael Darroch; 2 Telepathically Urban / Jennifer Gabrys; 3 The Imaginary of Self-Satisfaction: Reflections on the Platitude of the "Creative City" / Alan Blum PART TWO CITY TRAFFIC 4 Absence, "Removal," and Everyday Life in the Diasporic City: Anti-Detention/Deportation Activism in Montreal / Jenny Burman; 5 The Spirit of Traffic: Navigating Faith in the City / Alexandra Boutros; 6 The Ephemeral Stage at Lionel Groulx Station / Amanda Boetzkes; 7 Cities of Rhythm and Revolution / Tobias c. van Veen PART THREE CITY CIRCUITS 8 Spectacles of Waste / Will Straw; 9 Places of Global Shape: The World of Consumption in Divided Berlin / Alexander Sedlmaier and Barthold Pelzer; 10 Modern Heroics: The Flaneur in Adolfo Bioy Casares's El sueno de los heroes / Amanda Holmes; 11 Temple Bar, Density and Circulation: The City as a Terrain of Many Voices / Kieran Bonner Bibliography; Contributors