June 15, 2009

What is a City?

This collection of essays is a reflection of what we have learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Its writers address social attitudes and practices, attitudes about space, and beliefs about urban life. The essays are organized into five thematic clusters. First, the authors look specifically at New Orleans, idenitifying characteristics of its city that help to define it and make it unique. Next, they examine the material culture of New Orleans, the concept of mobility in relation to urban life, and the role of memory in disaster recovery. Finally, the authors address the divisions within the city and the connections that have been forged between people and regions after going through a major event together.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

What is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Hurricane Katrina
ed. by Phil Steinberg and Rob Shields
HT 167 .W43 2008