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Meeting Place: The Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence

Paul Carter


The Meeting Place asks what are the conditions of sociability in a globalized world. It argues that the social sciences take communication for granted and for this reason overlook the obstacles to understanding between strangers and the importance of improvised performative tactics in overcoming these. While such disciplines as sociology, legal studies, psychology, political theory and even urban planners treat meeting as a good in its own right (identifying it with the democratic procurement of wellbeing), they fail to offer a model of what makes meeting possible and worth pursuing: a prior a ... More

Keywords: Eros, Encounter, Public space, Choreography, The common place, Giacometti, Discourse, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816685363
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Carter, author