Urban Walls: Political and Cultural Meanings of Vertical Structures and Surfaces

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Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Mattias Kärrholm
Routledge, 3 set 2018 - 270 pagine
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In recent years, an increasing number of separation walls have been built around the world. Walls built in urban areas are particularly striking in that they have exacted a heavy toll in terms of human suffering. As territorialising devices, walls can be protective, but the protection they grant is never straightforward. This collection invites inquiry into the complexities of the social life of walls, observing urban spaces as veritable laboratories of wall-making – places where their consequences become most visible. A study of the relationship between walls and politics, the cultural meaning of walls and their visibility, whether as barriers or as legible – sometimes spectacular – surfaces, and their importance for social processes, Urban Walls shows how walls extend into media spaces, thus drawing a multidimensional geography of separation, connection, control and resistance. As such, the collection will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, geography, architecture and politics with interests in urban studies and social theory.


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On walls in the open city
new material
the Indian Ocean Australian border
Walls walling and the immunitarian imperative
footnotes on a wall
of walls and memories
architecture body culture and parkour
walling in the privileged
a case for
from bricks to pixels trains

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Informazioni sull'autore (2018)

Andrea Mubi Brighenti is Professor of Social Theory in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy.

Mattias Kärrholm is Professor of Architectural Theory in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at Lund University, Sweden.

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