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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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Urban Politics and the Los Angeles School of Urbanism

Urban Politics and the Los Angeles School of Urbanism

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The City, Revisited

Michael Dear

Nicholas Dahmann

University of Minnesota Press

Over the past two decades, critical engagements with the L.A. School have become increasingly common in geography, sociology, and urban studies as well as in American studies, anthropology, architecture, history, and international relations. However, the discipline of urban politics remains relatively untouched. This chapter brings urban politics, urban political economy, and the L.A. school of urbanism into the same discursive space. It discusses the L.A. School’s account of postmodern urbanism, which offers an especially productive template for generating alternative urban theories. In postmodern urbanism, the evacuated city core no longer dominates its region; instead the hinterlands organize what is left of the center. This means that urban space, time, and causality have been altered. The remainder of the chapter explores some consequences of this fundamental realignment.

Keywords:   Los Angeles, urban studies, L.A. School, urbanism, urban political economy, postmodern, urban politics

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