✮ Imagineering Atlanta: The Politics of Place in the City of Dreams Books ✰ Author Charles Rutheiser – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

Imagineering Atlanta: The Politics of Place in the City of Dreams In The Age Of Decentralization, Instant Communications, And The Subordination Of Locality To The Demands Of A Globalizing Market, Contemporary Cities Have Taken On Place Less Or A Geographic Characters They Have Become Phantasmagorical Landscapes Atlanta, Argues Charles Rutheiser, Is In Many Ways Paradigmatic Of This Generic Urbanism As Such, It Provides A Fertile Ground For Investigating The Play Of Culture, Power And Place Within A Non Place Urban Realm Rutheiser Uses The Mobilization For The Olympics To Talk About The Uneven Development Of Atlanta S Landscape Like Other Cities Lacking Any Natural Advantages, Atlanta S Reputation And Built Form Have Been Regularly Reconfigured By Generations Of Entrepreneurs, Politicians, Journalists And Assorted Visionaries To Create A Service Oriented Information City Of Global Reach Borrowing A Term From Walt Disney, Rutheiser Refers To These Successive Waves Of Organized And Systematic Promotion As Linked, But Not Always Well Co Ordinated Acts Of Urban Imagineering Focusing On The Historic Core Of The Metropolitan Area, Rutheiser Shows How Atlanta Has Long Been Both A Test Bed For Federal Urban Renewal And A Playground For Private Capital The City Provides An Object Lesson In Internal Colonization And Urban Underdevelopment Yet, However Illustrative Of General Trends, Atlanta Also Represents A Unique Conjunction Of Universals And Particulars It Exemplifies A Reality Quite Unlike Either New York Or Los Angeles Two Cities To Which It Has Often Been Compared This Book Thus Adds An Important Case Study To The Emerging Discourse On Contemporary Urbanism It Goes Beyond Providing Another Account Of Uneven Development And The Theme Parking Of A North American City Rutheiser Reflects On How Contemporary American Society Thinks About Cities, And Argues That, Ultimately, Despite The Ever Increasing Virtualization Of Day To Day Life, The Obliteration Of Locality Is Never Complete There Always Remains Some Here, If Only Deep Beneath The Urbane Disguises, In The Interstices Of Social Activity, In The Contradictions Of Experience And In The Residues Of Individual And Collective Memory

10 thoughts on “Imagineering Atlanta: The Politics of Place in the City of Dreams

  1. says:

    Rutheiser, an anthropology professor at Georgia State University, contrasts the image Atlanta offers the world to reality in the post WW II era, with special emphasis on the run up to the 1996 Olympics He s insightful and pretty accurate, if not very flattering He can also turn a phrase,so humor is a very present commodity.

  2. says:

    I haven t read it yet, but Rutheiser helped shape my understanding as a culture, as my Anthropology 101 professor in college.

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