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The Anxious City: British Urbanism in the Late 20th Century Richard  Williams

The Anxious City: British Urbanism in the Late 20th Century

Richard Williams

Published December 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780415279260
Hardcover
296 pages
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 About the Book 

In the Western world, cities have arguably never been more anxious: practical anxieties about personal safety, and metaphysical anxieties about the uncertain place of the city in culture, are the small change of journalism and political debate.MoreIn the Western world, cities have arguably never been more anxious: practical anxieties about personal safety, and metaphysical anxieties about the uncertain place of the city in culture, are the small change of journalism and political debate. Cities have long been regarded as problems, in need of drastic solutions. In this context, the contemporary revival of city centres is remarkable. But in a culture that largely fears the urban, how can the contemporary city be imagined? How is it supposed to be used or inhabited? What does it mean? Taking England since WW2 as its principal focus, this provocative and original book considers the Western city at a critical moment in its history.