As communicative, cultural, and political space, cities present a confluence of racial, ethnic, national, sexual and socioeconomic experiences around which human communities take shape. This shaping forms a germinal point of mass cultural life.
City planners contribute to this process by deciding where buildings will go and neighborhoods rise, and, as constituent features, who we interact with, how we get there, and why we choose city life. Urban geography, then, becomes the framework around which expressions of complex human living constitute socially located performances generated by bodies in city space. Flowing from these experiences, boundaries and possibilities arise that define cultures of “the city.” In this edited book, contributors will focus on theorizing the notion of “the city” as a communicatively constituted cultural space. Submissions will develop situated, reflexive ethnographic examinations of “the city” that show the complex, multidimensional ways in which cities produce social meaning. Contributions that feature U.S. domestic and/or international city sites may explore, but are not limited to, the following areas of focus:
– Cities as organic space
– Experiences of class, race, nationality and diaspora
– Experiences of gender and sexuality with the city landscape
– Global cities and movement
– Cities in decay
– Cities and consumer culture
– City and the notion of differences
– Cities and borders (both physical and cultural)
– Mapping the city, visualizing space
– City and leisure
– City and environment
– City and technology/mechanization
– City and everyday life
– City and memory
– City and urban economics
– City and the production of economic class
– Urban lives
– City and travel/transportation
– Walking in the city
– City and labor history
Please send proposals of no more than 500 words to Ahmet Atay by April 1, 2015.
Chapter submissions of approximately 6,000 words in length will be submitted by August 1, 2015 with citations prepared in the MLA style. The editors will review submitted chapters. We welcome inquiries from authors.