Difference, Democracy, and the City

Kian Tajbakhsh

in The Promise of the City

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222779
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924642 | DOI:
Difference, Democracy, and the City

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on cities and city life. It addresses some continuing questions and dilemmas in thinking about the contribution that urbanism can make to the goals of democracy and justice. It evaluates the prospects for urban social theory and analyzes the factors that influence the nature of the identities and actors that inhabit the city, the types of spaces that constitute the urban and the key structural dimensions that both constrain and form the context of everyday life.

Keywords: cities; city life; urbanism; democracy; justice; urban social theory

Chapter.  9041 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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